This July, the upgrades to Sewer Pump Station 27 in Laureate Park on Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla Shores were completed.
In 2006, the pump station was first upgraded. Prior to those improvements, this station had a history of problems with wastewater spills during its 30 years in operation.
Within a few years, the city discovered major problems with the new pumps, including severe vibration issues. In January 2011, the pumps failed and emergency backup pumps had to be used.
The city determined that the pumps needed to be replaced with new pumps to enhance their reliability. As a result, the city started an upgrade project in the fall of 2012 that was completed in July 2013 and cost approximately $1.5 million.
With the new upgrade, wastewater spills in the busy La Jolla Shores business district should be a thing of the past.