MCSD continues quest for emergency water line

The McKinleyville Community Services District may purchase a 900-foot-long easement for an emergency water line that will eventually connect to a pipe in the new northbound U.S. Highway 101 Mad Bridge.

The project is part of an effort to provide McKinleyville with a backup water line in the event that its existing water pipe were to break in an earthquake of other disaster.

The MCSD Board of Directors may decide to purchase the easement at its meeting tonight, July 10 at Azalea Hall, 1620 Pickett Road. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

The easement is 900 feet long and 30 feet wide. It runs east to west across a pasture located on the north bank of the Mad River, between North Bank Road and the U.S. Highway 101 Bridge. The MCSD is proposing to pay property owner Shirley Cramer $9,900 for the easement and provide her with a water connection.

The MCSD will eventually connect its water line to the new bridge pipeline, which will then connect to the City of Arcata’s water line.

The project will be paid for with Prop. 50 grant funds.

McKinleyville’s entire water supply now comes from a single pipe that runs under the Mad River near North Bank Road and Azalea Avenue. The MCSD purchases the water from the Humboldt Bay Munincipal Water District.