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When Community and Insfrastructure Collide - Creating Long-Term Public Outreach Opportunities with Water Infrastructure Projects

When Community and Insfrastructure Collide - Creating Long-Term Public Outreach Opportunities with Water Infrastructure Projects

Gutierrez, Richard, and Chris Cleveland
Published In: 
Water Environment & Technology,  
November 2014
This article is about a recent project for the City of West Sacramento, CA, which utilized water infrastructure elements as an educational outreach opportunity to inform customers and provide an asset, instead of a liability to the surrounding community. The project also sought to convey the value of water and provide a continuous outreach opportunity. The residents of the City of Sacramento had been promised a park, which had to have an adequate potable water storage facility in place to meet the projected water demands and fire protection requirements. Constructing a 3-million gallon storage reservoir and pump station in the park would have potential for public opposition. For this reason, the City put in place an outreach program, which was an important element, from conceptual design to final design.
This article is about a recent project for the City of West Sacramento, CA, which utilized water infrastructure elements as an educational outreach opportunity to inform customers and provide an asset, instead of a liability to the surrounding community. The project also sought to convey the value of water and provide a continuous outreach opportunity. The residents of the City of Sacramento had been promised a park, which had to have an adequate potable water storage facility in place to meet the projected water demands and fire protection requirements. Constructing a 3-million gallon storage reservoir and pump station in the park would have potential for public opposition. For this reason, the City put in place an outreach program, which was an important element, from conceptual design to final design.
Gutierrez, R., and C. Cleveland. "When Community and Infrastructure Collide – Creating Long-Term Public Outreach Opportunities with Water Infrastructure Projects." Water Environment and Technology. November 2014, pp: 31-35.