FAIRFIELD — The agreement for an emergency water connection to provide a backup supply to Travis Air Force Base – spurred by uncertainty about the long-term reliability of groundwater resources and the federal government evaluation of privatizing the water system for the base – goes before Fairfield City Council members Tuesday.
Travis Air Force Base requested the connection with the city and asked Fairfield to design and construct the water connection with the federal government paying all expenses, a city staff report states.
“There will be no financial risk to the city as the federal government will provide the funding,” adds 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 adds.
The city staff is asking 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. 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.
Travis 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.
The City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chamber at 1000 Webster St.
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