VIDEO. From the Montara Water and Sanitary District Director’s meeting on Thursday, March 2nd, 2023 at 7:30pm as a hybrid meeting.
Minutes of the 3/2/2023 Meeting (on the 4/6/2023 Agenda)
District Water Engineer Tanya Yurovski stated this is a project update for the Board.
The district purchased the system and had a plan to improve it. The CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) and permit has been approved and certified by the Board. They were waiting for the DWR grant potential and were put on a low priority list.
The project is nearly designed, and they are not sure if they will get the grant money.
While they are waiting the costs are increasing so they will be bifurcating the project into two phases and they will move forward to the upgrades for the treatment plants and wells first, and replace the storage tanks later. This bifurcation will ease disturbance to the community, and the staging area will be smaller.
They are aiming to put this project out to bid in the spring of this year, and construction money will come out of the next fiscal year’s funds.
It has been included in the CIP and is almost a shovel ready project.
Staff Report from 3/2/2023 Agenda
The Pillar Ridge Manufactured Home Community (Pillar Ridge) is a privately-owned community in Moss Beach, CA, near the Half Moon Bay Airport. In January 2015, Montara Water & Sanitary District (MWSD or “District”) – Public Water System No. CA4110010 – consolidated the Pillar Ridge Manufactured Home Community (Pillar Ridge) – formerly Public Water System No. CA4110028 – and thus acquired supply sources, storage facilities, and the treatment infrastructure.
The distribution system infrastructure remained under the ownership and management of the system’s previous owner – Millennium Housing.
The Pillar Ridge community includes 227 water service connections, which serve approximately 850 people. The Pillar Ridge water system facilities were designed and constructed between 1988 and 1991, and a number of facilities have been rehabilitated since their construction.
The Pillar Ridge Supply Reliability Improvement Project (Project) is a multi-faceted project that will ultimately provide the Pillar Ridge neighborhood with a more reliable drinking water supply. The objective of the Project is to enhance the supply reliability, drought resiliency, and operational capacity of the Pillar Ridge facilities and MWSD system through key infrastructure improvements.
MWSD staff has submitted a grant application to submit to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Small Community Drought Relief to fund this Project. DWR’s Small Community Drought Relief Program was authorized by the Budget Act of 2021 following the 2021 State drought emergency proclamation. The Program commits 190 million dollars for financial and technical assistance to help small communities respond to and mitigate worsening drought conditions. “The Program will support projects and program that provide immediate and near-term water supply reliability benefits and improve small communities’ drought and water shortage resiliency and preparedness.” Applications for eligible projects are currently accepted on a rolling basis, until December 2023, or until all the funds have been awarded.
Unfortunately, staff has received a notice from DWR that this project was put on a low-priority list.
The Notice of Exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was filed by the District on October 14, 2022 and the permitting review process was completed on November 13, 2022. The project design is currently at the 50-percent completion level that was based on significant input from the Pillar Ridge Community.
Based on the anticipated availability of funding in the MWSD’s Water Capital Budget for the Fiscal Year 2023/2024, staff proposes to bifurcate the project into two phases, as follows:
• Fiscal Year 2023/2024 – Phase 1: WTP rehabilitation, well rehabilitation, operational flexibility improvements;
• Fiscal Year 2026/2027 – Phase 2: Pillar Ridge storage facilities’ rehabilitation. RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the Board information only. No action is required at this time.
More on MWSD and Pillar Ridge on Coastside Buzz
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Montara Water and Sanitary District (MWSD) Submits Grant Application for the Pillar Ridge Manufacture Home Park’s Water Supply Reliability Improvement Project
MWSD’s Pillar Ridge Homes Plans for Brand New Water System (Wells, Treatment and Tanks) with DWR Grant
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