Jacobs lands role on California’s $17bn state water programme

US engineer Jacobs has been selected by the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) to lead engineering design management services on California’s $17bn WaterFix project.

California’s WaterFix programme, work on which is due to start in early 2019, will upgrade old and unreliable water infrastructure, some of which dates back over 50 years.

Jacobs’ initial $93m contract includes the preliminary and final engineering design phase of the 15-year programme, infrastructure work on two 10m-long tunnels with a 12m diameter, two pumping stations, as well as roads and utility relocations.

Bob Pragada, Jacobs’ chief operating officer, said: "WaterFix is one of the highest profile infrastructure projects in the nation, essential to secure clean water supplies for 27 million people, area businesses and 3 million acres of agricultural land.

"Building on our long-term relationship with California water agencies, DCA will tap into our extensive water infrastructure and engineering design experience to begin modernisation of California’s water delivery system."

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