CVWD Board of Directors approved asking for bids on a phase of a multi-year project that will eventually bring potable water to several disadvantaged communities in the eastern valley.
In total, the Avenue 66 Water Transmission Main project will add about five miles of water pipeline from Lincoln Street in Mecca and extend westerly along Avenue 66. The first phase installed about one mile of pipeline near the Union Pacific Railroad, State Route 11 and Hammond Street in Mecca.
The estimated $10 million Phase 1B will add pipeline along Avenue 66 and Lincoln Street. The State Department of Water Resources will fund $7 million of the project.
Phase 2 of the project will extend pipeline along Avenue 66 to Polk Street to connect to CVWD’s existing pipeline. When completed, the project will bring safe, reliable water to Mecca and three mobile home parks, St. Anthony’s, Seferino Huerta, and Manuela Garcia.
The Board also:
- Decided to buy 66 iPads and accessories to replace six-year-old Toughbook field laptops. IPads are less expensive and more versatile than Toughbooks and will support the District’s Asset Management Program. Initial cost is $100,965. Each iPad includes a $39.99 monthly, unlimited data plan.
- Agreed to buy eight vehicles for $1,229,094 with a contingency of $60,906 for a total cost of $1,290,000. The purchases will replace aged District vehicles and include two heavy haul tractors, five 15 yard dump bodies and one eight yard dump body. Due to production delays, CVWD may not receive the vehicles before the end of fiscal year 2022.
- Took a step toward finalizing grant funding of $260,000 from the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy to help cover the cost of a project to monitor wells. The six wells in the eastern valley will provide data about water quality in the area’s perched and shallow aquifers.