Pumping Plant 5 is located along the Sacramento River in the 5000 block on Garden Highway between Elkhorn Blvd and Elverta Road. Plant 5 was constructed in 1965 to accommodate the anticipated increased runoff from Sacramento Metro Airport which opened in 1967.
Pumping Plant 5 plant is planned to be removed and replaced at a setback location because it is currently located at the toe of the levee after levee widening for the Natomas Levee Improvement Project (NLIP) was constructed in its area placing the plant too close to the levee. Relocation and reconstruction are included in the NLIP and will move the plant 400 feet from its current location. Like Pumping Plant 4, this plant will be replaced with a similar layout and capacity to Plant 2. The relocation and reconstruction of Plant 5 is scheduled for 2024-2025.