A sewer and water line replacement project near P and 16th Streets is also up for a vote from the council.
Bill Busath with the City Department of Utilities says the $5.5 million dollars for the projects would come from $248.5 million in bonds the City issued last year.
"We have been underspending on our infrastructure replacement in all-drainage, sewer and water," he says. "And so, part of this last bond sale was to start increasing spending on aged sewer line replacement."
Busath says crews will take advantage of the access they have when they begin the downtown project.
"It's primarily a sewer replacement project," he says. "But whenever we do sewer replacement projects we always check to see the condition of the water line because it's a lot easier to go ahead and do them at the same time and not have to cut up the pavement again."
He says dozens more meter, sewer and water projects are in different stages of planning.
The City has until 2025 to meet a legislative mandate that all 136,000 Sacramento residences be metered.
Last year, California saw everything from intense drought to torrential rain. Researchers and water agencies say that the future of the state’s drought depends on adapting to these shifts.
As the drought dries up California’s wetlands, traveling birds such as ducks, geese and eagles are struggling to survive and breed. “This drought is bad. The odds are against us,” a state expert said.
Drought resilience depends on location but also extraordinary engineering — determining which California places are running out of water this year and which remain in good shape.
About 4,300 users were issued notices to halt diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Experts say the current drought is hotter and drier than previous ones, meaning water is evaporating faster.
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