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Palm Engineering to construct Hawthorne sewer improvements

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

Palm Engineering has been awarded the Fallbrook Public Utility District construction contract for the sewer improvement project along Hawthorne Street.

The FPUD board voted 5-0 Dec. 5 to award Palm Engineering the contract for the Hawthorne Lift Station replacement and sewer installation project. The $219,000 contract amount matches the San Diego company’s bid.

“This project will actually eliminate an existing sewer lift station and replace it with a gravity main,” said FPUD senior engineer Aaron Cook.

FPUD’s capital improvement program includes the strategic replacement of aging infrastructure and consolidating sewer lift stations to reduce maintenance time and costs. The Hawthorne Lift Station replacement project will eliminate a small lift station and force main by adding approximately 500 linear feet of gravity sewer main, which will connect that portion of the sewer system to the Shady Lane Lift Station service area.

The project will also replace 220 linear feet of aging inaccessible sewer main near Main Avenue and Elder Street; the new section of sewer will be relocated into the street which will allow access for routine cleaning.

Seven bids were received by the Nov. 9 bid opening date. Palm Engineering had the low bid at $219,000 while Transtar Pipeline, Inc., which is also headquartered in San Diego, had the second-lowest bid of $256,000.

Palm Engineering, which has been in business for 18 years, is already in the area. FPUD had a Sept. 2 special meeting to award Palm Engineering a contract to replace multiple FPUD water lines during fiscal year 2022‑23. That project will replace approximately 7,450 linear feet of six-inch pipeline and 1,750 linear feet of 10-inch cement mortar lined and coated steel pipe along with associated appurtenances within Elder Street, Hawthorne Street, Potter Street, Lillian Avenue, Orange Avenue, and Minnesota Avenue.


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