By David Siders
October 27, 2009

STOCKTON – Municipal Utilities Director Mark Madison parked Monday by an old alfalfa field on the city’s north side and walked along an access road to where construction had started on the Delta Water Supply Project, Stockton’s $217 million campaign to pump drinking water from the Delta.

It is the most expensive public works project in city history.

It had been several years since Madison was last at the property, where a treatment plant is to be built, and when he arrived Monday he said, “To me, this is beautiful. It’s 40 years in the making.”

He put on a vest and a hard hat. A grader had cleared a parking lot and made room for a groundbreaking ceremony…

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