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Lathrop updating its future water needs

As Lathrop grows, so will the city’s need to provide water and sewer to the more than 12,000 new homes and the millions of square feet of warehouse and light-industrial space that has already been approved. 

And that is exactly what the City of Lathrop is trying to do with a comprehensive update to the city’s water, sewer, and recycled water master plans necessary to “forecast and update water and sewer demand projections, address changes in regulatory requirements, population and growth projections, proposed land use, climate change and other factors.”

The city will host a public scoping meeting on Wednesday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at Lathrop City Hall – located at 390 Towne Centre Drive – to solicit input from public agencies and the general public on the proposed scope of the Environmental Impact Report that is being prepared in conjunction with the comprehensive update. Scheduled to be an open house format where people can drop in and review the proposed project exhibits and offer input as necessary, the meeting is scheduled to last an hour, and comes during the middle of the open public comment period for the EIR, which runs through March 21 at 5 p.m.

Anybody who is unable to attend the meeting but would like to make a public comment on the record for city staff and consultants to review can do so in writing in advance up to the closing of the comment period. 

And Lathrop is due for an upgrade to the master plan that maps out where the city will get its water and where that water will go once it has been flushed.

According to the notice of preparation that was published for the EIR process, the last comprehensive update to the city’s water, sewer, and recycled water master plans was made in 2001, and has been amended several times to meet the needs of the growing city. 

Just on the Highway 120 Bypass corridor alone the city has more than 10 million square-feet of warehouse and light-industrial construction that is already underway or approved by the council – in addition to the other massive projects like the nearly 800,000 square-foot Tesla building that is due to open later this year behind the former Pilkington manufacturing facility and an operation of similar size in the Kraft Heinz distribution facility inside of the shuttered plant. 

For additional information about the EIR process or the upcoming meetings for the comprehensive master plan updates, visit the City of Lathrop’s website at

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.