Field trip

Members of the city’s Council Water Committee (Dale Fritchen and Kathy Miller) joined the city’s Water Advisory Group for a tour of the under-construction Delta Water Supply Project, the city’s biggest-ever public works projects. Councilwoman Diana Lowery was in another meeting and couldn’t make it. Councilwoman Susan Eggman, an alternate on the committee, also couldn’t make it, so she sent her two interns.

At about 1 p.m. folks drove up north, through the vineyards just south of Lodi, to the project site, which in 2012 will begin pumping drinking water from the Delta.

Everyone had to wear safety vests and hard hats. Fortunately, there were ways to keep track of everyone:



For about two hours, the group got a first-hand look at the massive, $217 million construction project, probably one of the largest in the country, said Mark Madison, director of the city’s Municipal Utilities Department. So far, the project is on budget and just about on time. It’s roughly 90 days behind schedule, but for a project this size, that’s hardly a significant delay.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting (agenda here), city leaders will get a one-year status report on the project. They’re also set to issue $55 million in bonds to help finance the rest of the project.

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