Here is a summary of actions taken at the Jan. 12 meeting of the Coachella Valley Water District Board of Directors. The board:
- Adopted a resolution honoring former Director G. Patrick O’Dowd for his six years of service. He resigned in December to become Executive Director of the Salton Sea Authority. In turn, O’Dowd thanked CVWD employees “who helped me serve our constituents.”
- Elected officers. John Powell will remain President and Cástulo Estrada will remain Vice President.
- Approved a $399,420 agreement with Koff & Associates to conduct a Comprehensive Classification and Compensation Study. It will examine all 349 CVWD job classifications and will include the District’s three bargaining units and non-represented classifications.
- Approved $199,180 to continue development of the Asset Management Program.
- Approved $10,495,000 for construction of a 10-million gallon concrete reservoir in the hills behind Thousand Palms. It will provide water storage for about 47,000 customers in Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, and Thousand Palms. The increased storage is expected to save CVWD $400,000 annually in electricity costs by taking advantage of lower rates and running wells less often.
- Approved $715,147 for demolition of structures that must be removed for construction of the North Indio Flood Control Project that will have approximately 2.5 miles of new concrete flood control channels. That project will prevent flooding in North Indio and take flows from existing Sun City Palm Desert channels to existing Sun City Shadow Hills channels to the Coachella Valley Stormwater Channel.
- Approved $430,000 for improvements to protect Water Reclamation Plant 4 from flooding and prevent erosion along the adjacent Coachella Valley Stormwater Channel.
- Approved $303,860 for purchase and sale agreements and irrigation water service agreements for the Oasis In-lieu Recharge Project. The project will bring an estimated 32,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water to farmers who are currently using groundwater for irrigation in an area of 7,100 acres.
- Approved $1,373,640 for a study of how to expand the nonpotable water system at Wastewater Reclamation Plant 7 and upgrade a pump station to increase canal water delivery. The goal is to meet the demands of current and future customers for nonpotable water and reduce the use of groundwater.