West End Water Renewal
About the Project
The 30th Street District, home to the West End Neighborhood, Esther Simplot Park, Quinn’s Pond, and the Whitewater Park, has experienced tremendous revitalization in the nearly 10 years since it was established. Envisioned as a premier urban neighborhood celebrating its unique location between the Boise River Corridor and downtown, the 30th Street area is positioned to welcome an even broader range of housing options, employment, as well as neighborhood services and amenities. The large tracts of empty commercial lots along Main and Whitewater Streets and Fairview Avenue hold great potential to redevelop into active neighborhoods.
Unfortunately, existing sewer in the area is in poor condition and not built to the specification to serve the potential growth. The existing wastewater infrastructure, built in the 1950s for car lots, repair shops and small-scale commercial uses, is shallow and insufficient for the potential residential units.
Preliminary studies show that extensive sections of this existing system are in need of replacement with a new, more efficient network. These needed infrastructure upgrades include the construction of miles of new wastewater pipe, a new lift station to service the entire area, and an associated force main connecting into the City’s overall waste treatment system. These extensive upgrades will not just serve the new residents and businesses of the incoming developments but will also support the existing neighborhood to the north and businesses that line the up-and-coming Main and Fairview corridor.
CCDC is collaborating with local developers and the City of Boise Public Works Department to leverage the Agencies’ expertise and funding to best address the challenge. This multi-agency public-private partnership will result in an efficiency of public funds and limit the disruptions related to construction. Once complete, the new infrastructure will provide the catalyst for a reawakening of some of the most prominent properties in the district, supporting developments, which will welcome more housing options and spaces for new businesses to thrive.
This project is on-going and is overseen by CCDC Project Manager, Kevin Holmes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Water Renewal Services is the city’s utility responsible for renewing more than 10 billion gallons of used water (commonly known as wastewater) per year. From the shower to the kitchen sink and toilet, from homes to businesses, large industry to hospitals and schools, every drop of used water travels through some of the more than 900 miles of underground pipes to one of two water renewal facilities.
The Department of Public Works and Agency staff have been collaborating closely on the wastewater needs of the 30th Street area over the last year. A recent study of the Whitewater Area Sewer was updated to reflect the future wastewater needs of the area. Preliminary designs for wastewater facilities have been initiated. As the efforts continue, this project page will be updated regularly.
Below our city is nearly 900 miles of pipe connecting our homes and businesses to the Boise sewer system. Many of the pipes work via gravity, carrying wastewater away from our homes to treatment facilities. In some areas that are lower though, the pipes cannot be placed deep enough to rely on gravity alone, so a pump or lift station in necessary to continue pushing the wastewater on to the treatment facility.
Below are links to two YouTube videos that describe this process more in-depth.