FAIRFIELD — An agreement for an emergency water connection – estimated to cost about $1 million and paid for by the federal government – to provide a backup supply to Travis Air Force Base won unanimous approval Tuesday by Fairfield City Council members.
The city needs to take care of the base, Councilwoman Catherine Moy said, because the base takes care of the community.
“We love the base,” she said.
Councilwoman Pam Bertani agreed.
“We want to do what we can as a City Council,” she said of assisting Travis.
Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro recalled being told when moving 25 years ago to Fairfield about how important Travis is to the community. The ability for Travis to have the water it needs, Mayor Harry Price said, could be a major issue for the base in the future.
The agreement is spurred by uncertainty about the long-term reliability of groundwater resources and the federal government evaluation of privatizing the water system for the base, a city staff report to the council stated.
Travis Air Force Base has a water system supplied through an agreement with the city of Vallejo as well as groundwater from wells at a base-owned golf course a few miles from Travis, the report notes.
Fairfield has a 12-inch water line that runs down Parker Road, parallel to Air Base Parkway, and the base is interested in connecting with the line, according to the staff report. Travis requested the connection and asked Fairfield to design and construct the water connection with the federal government paying all expenses, the report added.
“There will be no financial risk to the city as the federal government will provide the funding,” according to the report. “The city will only design and construct a project that can be built with the funding actually available.”
“Should federal funding fall through for any reason, the project will not be built,” according to the city.
Fairfield does not have the ability to design the facilities and would need a consultant to assist, the report states.
City staff asked that City Manager David White be given authority to enter into an agreement, for less than $150,000, with Creegan + D’Angelo Consulting Engineers in Fairfield to design a small pipeline and pump station project.
Creegan + D’Angelo has performed numerous pipeline and pump station projects for the city and completed a water system master plan for Travis, the city staff said.
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