San Vicente Facilities
The San Vicente Facilities are part of the $1.5 billion Emergency & Carryover Storage Project, a system of reservoirs, interconnected pipelines and pumping stations designed to make water available to the region in the event of an interruption in imported water deliveries.
The Emergency & Carryover Storage Project is a system of reservoirs, interconnected pipelines and pumping stations designed to make water available to the San Diego region in the event of an interruption in imported water deliveries.
To mitigate construction impacts from the Emergency & Carryover Storage Project, the Water Authority funded the acquisition of nearly 600 acres of upland habitat areas and created or enhanced nearly 40 acres of wetland habitat in San Diego County.
Located in Lakeside, near the Cuyamaca Mountains, the San Vicente Reservoir is owned and operated by the City of San Diego. The connected infrastructure, including a dam, pipeline, pumping facilities and a potential future energy storage facility, represent a partnership between the Water Authority and the City of San Diego to ensure regional water reliability.
The pump station will pump water up to the surge control facility at the top of a hill overlooking San Vicente Reservoir. The 3-million-gallon surge tank was built in a basin so that only the top 20 feet are visible. The surge control facility will protect the San Vicente Pipeline and other pipelines from extreme pressure fluctuations that could result from sudden pump or valve failures in the system. From the surge control facility, water will flow by gravity through the San Vicente Pipeline westward to the Water Authority’s Second Aqueduct.