Sukut Breaks Ground on a Vital Southern California Reservoir

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California's largest mass excavation company, Sukut Construction recently broke ground in June to build an emergency water reservoir in South Orange County. The cost of the project is $36 million. It will supply water to the 168,000 families that live in the county.

Sukut Construction, Inc. Works on Chiquita Canyon Reservoir

Sukut Construction, Inc. has broken ground on a new $36 million reservoir to create an emergency backup water supply for 168,000 South Orange County families, according to project manager Jordan Sukut.

Sukut Construction will build the reservoir under contract with the Santa Margarita Water District under the supervision of the California Department of Water Resources’ Division of Safety of Dams.

The project, expected to be complete by December 2010, will provide enough emergency water to supply 168,000 families with 200 gallons of water per day for one week, Sukut said.

The reservoir will be located in the upper Chiquita Canyon near the intersection of Oso Parkway and the 241 Foothill Transportation Corridor.

The job requires excavation of 1.4 million cubic yards of earth from the canyon floor. The excavated material will be reused as part of a 167-foot-high earthen dam, which will be studded with electronic instrumentation to provide real-time monitoring of the structure, Sukut said.

The reservoir will be lined and protected by a floating cover. Sukut Construction will lay more than 10,000 feet of pipe, which will connect the reservoir to South Orange County’s main distribution network.

The contract also includes construction of an intricate pump station, complete with chemical water treatment capabilities, as well as several concrete structures, including a spillway to capture any overflow.

Sukut Construction is California’s largest mass excavation and grading contractor and has moved over a billion cubic yards of earth. It is ranked within the top 500 largest contractors in the nation. Its projects range from highway construction to residential grading to wastewater management systems. Projects include the construction of four, 60-acre wastewater treatment ponds holding more than 1 billion gallons for the Los Angeles Sanitation District and a seismic retrofit of the San Pablo Dam for the East Bay Municipal Water District. It is also charged with site development for a section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence and is widening a 1.3-mile segment of State Route 76 in Fallbrook and straightening its alignment. Sukut, which turned 40 this year, is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in Oceanside, Los Angeles, and Riverside, California. For more information call 888 785-8801 or


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