CVWD Board of Directors on March 9 agreed to offer drinking water assistance to Oasis Mobile Home Park residents as the District has done before.
An operator will station a water trailer with a 500-gallon tank on property in front of the park for five hours per day, seven days a week. The agreement is for approximately six months. The park owner, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the State of California will reimburse the District for the cost, about $3,683 per week.
The EPA in 2019 determined the park’s private water and arsenic treatment system failed to meet federal drinking water standards. In December 2019 and May 2020, the County of Riverside asked CVWD to provide temporary drinking water assistance on site. The District brought a water trailer with a 500-gallon tank and one operator to the park for three hours per day, seven days a week until the end of May 2020.
At the March 9 meeting, the Board also:
Added the Priority One Coachella Valley Commission to the list of Board Committees and appointed Director Anthony Bianco to the Advisory Committee. The Commission aims to elevate the Palm Desert California State University campus to four-year stand-alone status.
- Heard Water Year 2019-2020 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Annual Reports for Indio and Mission Creek Subbasins. The reports update the conditions of the groundwater basins that have shown positive storage trends since 2005 and 2010.
- Authorized soliciting bids for construction of the Coachella Campus Roof Access and ion Exchange Treatment Plants (IXTP) Safety Improvements. The project addresses the OSHA and Cal/OSHA safety requirements for personnel working on the roofs of Rummonds, Administration and Shops buildings and in the interior heights of the IXTP buildings. Bid documents will include three proposed safety options – a guardrail system and two anchor line systems -- and a fourth option that allows bidders to make suggestions.
- Authorized $73,035 to Carollo Engineers for additional unanticipated tasks to complete the Cost of Service Study for the Canal Water, Domestic Water, and Replenishment Funds.
- Authorized soliciting bids for construction of irrigation lateral 119.64-7.5 Replacement Project-Phase 1. The project calls for replacing 8,200 feet of leaky pipe from Van Buren Street to east of Harrison Street, adding a new vault and removing baffle stands. Estimated cost is $3,460,000.
- Authorized $488,365 to Pacific Hydrotech Corporation for construction of the WRP 10 Secondary Effluent Pump Station Improvements Project. The agreement will fund the final phase of repairs for damages caused by an October 2020 flood.
- Authorized $94,870 to Lee & RO for engineering and design services to finalize design of the Burr Street Force Main Project.
- Approved $83,500 to Dokken Engineering for consulting services to complete the design for the proposed 30-inch diameter Avenue 66 Transmission Main, Phase 1B Project along Avenue 66 from Lincoln Street to Highway 86.
- Approved an additional $60,000 to replenish the Water Resources Development Act Memorandum of Agreement Funding with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Approved amending the General Manager Employment Agreement to include a cost of living adjustment and performance goals for calendar year 2021.