Pioneer will be using this space to show you what kinds of projects we are working on to improve the water delivery system.
Phyllis Canal Liner - Pioneer has undertaken several large projects to line vulnerable sections of the Phyllis Canal over the last 3-5 years. These pictures are from 2012. What is hard to see from the pictures is the drop-off on the north side of the canal. At this location, the Phyllis Canal sits approximately 40' above the valley floor. A breach in this section could be catastrophic, thus a liner was added to help protect this section.
Butts Flume Replacement 2015 - Butts flume is the structure that allows the Phyllis Canal to cross over the top of the Upper Embankment Drain just south of Smith Ave. and east of Lake Ave. The structure that was replaced was installed in the 1920’s or 1930’s (we haven’t been able to determine exact construction date) and was deteriorating. As you can see from the before pictures, there was severe cracking in the concrete of the structure, and water was starting to erode the actual crossing, causing holes for water to run from the flume down into the drain.
As part of this project, the entire structure was removed, both canal and drain were cleaned, a pipe was placed in the drain and a new concrete flume structure was installed over top to make the crossing more structurally sound and prevent water loss from the Phyllis. Additionally, a portion of the Phyllis on both sides of the crossing was lined to increase safety and an prevent water loss.
Bruno Lateral Piping - Piping of the Bruno Lateral eliminated maintenance issues caused by encroachment on the facility. You can see from the pictures that fences are too close to the ditch, making it difficult to access. By piping this section, those maintenance issues are now gone, and the water can freely flow to patrons for delivery through a pipeline, instead of an open ditch.
Elijah Drain Crossing at Phyllis Canal - The crossing that carries the Elijah Drain under the Phyllis Canal was aging and in need of repair. Work done replaced aging and damaged pipe with a larger pipe, thus lowering the water level and helping protect the entire structure.
Automated Water Controls - Over the last several years, Pioneer has stepped up efforts to measure water flows at strategic locations to determine where installation of automation components can benefit water controls in the District. As prime areas are located, automation is installed to enhance control of water, thus making deliveries more accurate and helping to conserve water.