The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)
program accelerates investment in our nation's water
infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental
loans for regionally and nationally significant projects.
REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SEWER CONVEYANCE UPGRADE
(RESCU) PROGRAM
BORROWER: Silicon Valley Clean Water
LOCATION: Redwood City, CA
WIFIA LOAN AMOUNT: $218 million
TOTAL WIFIA PROJECT COSTS: $517 million
POPULATION SERVED BY SYSTEM: 225,000
NUMBER OF JOBS CREATED: 400 jobs
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
With EPA's WIFIA loan, the RESCU Program will rehabilitate aging wastewater infrastructure
and construct new facilities to improve the system's safety and reliability and protect the San
Francisco Bay. The program constructs a 3.3-mile gravity pipeline, replaces four pump stations,
and builds a new preliminary treatment facility. The program also adds capacity to deal with
stormwater; when completed, SVCW will be able to handle future wastewater wet weather flows
of up to 108 million gallons per day (MGD).
PROJECT BENEFITS
	Replaces pressurized force main pipeline with a gravity pipeline which shifts energy
used for pumping to the Treatment Plant's renewable energy source (biogas).
	Leverages enlarged pipeline capacity for temporary wastewater storage during peak wet
weather flows, eliminating the need for an outdoor, uncovered flow equalization facility
	Eliminates three wastewater pump station and their associated environmental impacts,
including electricity and chemical use, and fugitive air emissions.
	Saves ratepayers $43 million from financing with a WIFIA loan compared to a bond
issuance.
WIFIA
PROGRAM
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WEBSITE: www.epa.gov/wifia
EMAiL: wifia@EPA.gov

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