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Old, Corroded Water Pipe on Soquel Drive to Be Replaced

The 1.5 water pipe has not been replaced since it was installed in the late 1960s.

A corroded water pipe along a 1.5 mile section of Soquel Drive has not been replaced since it was installed in the late 1960s.

But that’s about to change next week, when a yearlong project to replace it begins, reported the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Work will take place in 300 to 400 foot increments during daytime hours on weekdays starting Monday, with some work at the major intersections.

The $4 million project will replace the old cast iron pipe with more durable materials like polyvinyl chloride plastic. 

It’s part of the Soquel Creek Water District's $63 million, 10-year plan to replace aging wells and build new treatment plants, among other projects. 

There will be a hearing to discuss the project next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Capitola City Hall. A price hike will go into effect starting March 1 if a majority of ratepayers don’t opposed the project.

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