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May 11

SCADA system update may beat deadline

Posted on May 11, 2021 at 3:39 PM by Diane Carmony

A six-year project to upgrade CVWD’s entire SCADA system could finish six months ahead of schedule, a project manager told the Board of Directors at its May 11 meeting.

“We are essentially replacing every piece of technology,” said Jim Kennedy of CGR Consultants.

Following the project’s vision for a redundant wide-area network, accomplishments so far range from a new data center, a second control room, two new radio towers for a total of 17 towers, and an upgraded microwave network to design and installation of a new SCADA system. The Coachella Canal and irrigation sites have migrated to the new system.

With cloud-based technologies, the highly secure system also integrates the Emergency Operations Center, said Kennedy, who gave credit to CVWD teams for the project’s success. He forecast the SCADA Master Plan would be complete possibly by the end of June 30, 2023.   

The Board also:

  • Authorized a $424,635 construction contract with Sancon Technologies for the Sewer Manhole Rehabilitation Project that will rehabilitate 18 manholes in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert.
  • Agreed to buy 2.8 acres from the McRae Family Limited Partnership for a total cost of $1,824,576. This is the last property CVWD needs to acquire for the North Indio Flood Control Project. 
  • Authorized $1,560,450 in contract services for six water truck firms. Four of the six are minority owned.
  • Heard from resident Art Gertz, a representative of Desert Shores, who asked for help. He told the Board that the area’s dry canals need water to mitigate dust problems. “We can’t afford tap water rates,” he said, and suggested reactivating idle wells. The Board agreed that someone for staff would follow up with Gertz.

Upcoming budget-related Board meetings

June 2:  Special Board meeting, 1:30 p.m., a public hearing to consider adopting increases in Replenishment Assessment Charges (RAC) for groundwater producers in the East and West Whitewater River Subbasin Areas of Benefit.

June 8: Regular board meeting, 8 a.m., includes a public hearing to consider approving changes in Domestic water charges. Proposed changes include increasing the monthly service charges for smaller meters and the Tier 3 consumption rate, and decreasing the Tier 1 and 2 consumption rates.

June 15: Special Board meeting, 8 a.m., a public hearing to consider adopting the 2021-2022 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget. 


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