Padre Dam Municipal Water District Celebrates New Operations Yard

Santee, CA – 

On February 20, Harris & Associates attended an open house in celebration of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s new Maintenance and Operations Yard and in honor of the District’s 60th anniversary.

Padre Dam customers and community residents attended to tour the improved site and learn more about the District’s functions and its delivery of high quality, reliable water service. Harris, the District, and other project and community participants hosted tents with information about the Maintenance and Operations Improvement Project and District responsibilities and activities. The event also featured prizes, a food truck, bounce house and other children activities throughout the day.

The $8.3 million Maintenance and Operations Improvement Project is the final phase for Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Customer Service and Operations Yard Campus Program. This project took place at an active and operational waterworks facility, which required close coordination with end-users, contractors and outside agencies, including public relations related to construction activities. Special care was required to avoid interruption of critical onsite utilities, and to maintain access to materials and equipment used by the Padre Dam staff in their day-to-day activities.

Harris provided construction management services for the District, working together with all project team members to overcome multiple challenges and deliver the project successfully, on-time, under budget and with zero safety incidents. Partnering with the contractor and subcontractors to capitalize on their expertise and field experience led to $95,000 in value engineering in the field, which was returned to the budget to offset other costs.

About Padre Dam Municipal Water District

Padre Dam provides water, wastewater, recycled water and recreation services to 100,000 residents in the San Diego suburbs of Santee, El Cajon, Lakeside, Flinn Springs, Harbison Canyon, Blossom Valley, Alpine, Dehesa and Crest. They are a public agency with policies and procedures directed by an elected five-member Board of Directors. Padre Dam’s infrastructure is worth $243 million and we have an annual budget of $53 million. They import 100% of our treated water supply and treat two million gallons per day (MGD) of wastewater at our Water Recycling Facility. Visit for more information.

About Harris

Harris is a 100% employee-owned company focused on helping communities solve today's complex challenges in planning, financing, environmental compliance, civil engineering, and construction management. Our offices and project sites span the West Coast in California and Washington with a staff of over 260 employee-owners. We focus on serving clients in the municipal, water, transportation, and education markets.

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Eric Jackson, CCM, QCM, SMS, CHST
Sr. Construction Manager / Program + Construction Management

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