The Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) has been working on the Girdwood Water System for several years with a series of phased projects to expand service. In all phases, the scope included design and construction, resolution of community issues and completion of environmental documentation and permitting.
The existing system is shown in blue on the following map. The utility completed Phase I, an extension of the water transmission main to the west side of Glacier Creek (the orange line) in 2003. This project also included a new well house northeast of the Girdwood Airport. Phase IIA, an extension of the water transmission main to Girdwood Elementary School (the yellow line) was completed in 2004.
Currently construction is underway on Water Transmission Main, Phase IIB, extending the water transmission main across Glacier Creek to complete a looped system (the red line). This phase begins at Girdwood Elementary School and ends at a connection to existing water line near the wellhouse. An access road will be provided for AWWU maintenance to a pressure reducing facility. Ultimately the alignment will become the public road to the Holtan Hills subdivision to be developed in the future on Municipality of Anchorage Heritage Land Bank property.
A portion of this project is being federally funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA's Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI) document analyzed the potential environmental impacts associated with the Phase IIB work, and is available for public review. (See public involvement page) Construction began in mid-July 2010 and will extend into 2011. Several trails crossings are affected by construction. Watch for signs indicating detours and/or temporary trail closures.
AWWU awarded a construction contract for Phase II B to Annette's Trucking Inc., in June, 2010. Project inspection and construction management will be accomplished by PTS Inc. Brooks & Associates is acting as the Public Involvement Coordinator.
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