Feb 20

Notes from the Feb. 13, 2024 Board meeting

Posted on February 20, 2024 at 1:35 PM by Jesse Ruiz

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors - 02_13_2024The Coachella Valley Water District Board of Directors voted to:

1. Approve an agreement with Dudek, Inc. for engineering design services and environmental support for the Avenue 66 Trunk Sewer Project for a total cost of $813,222.

The multi-year, septic-to-sewer project will install a new lift station and 19,625 feet of gravity sewer pipeline along Avenue 66 from Polk Street to Harrison Street and along Harrison Street from Echols Street to Avenue 66.

It will connect Sunbird Mobile Home Park and the Torrez Martinez Community Center to CVWD’s sanitation system.

2. Approve a Zero Emission Fleet Study by Black & Veatch Corp. for $149,700. The study will help CVWD comply with State and local government regulations for transitioning to medium and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles by 2027.

It will evaluate the District’s needs, compliance plans, and funding opportunities.

3. Approve an agreement with Dahl Consultants to make a preliminary design for a Coachella Canal system model, with a total cost of $70,000.

 It would be used for training purposes.  A model would show what happens under different flow circumstances, help employees manage the canal better and show the public how the canal operates, said Engineering Manager David Wilson.

The board also recognized the 20th anniversary of Scott Blough, Facilities Location Technician III, and the retirement of Survey Party Chief David McCoppen, 11 years. Both attended the meeting.

Other retirees are Senior Engineer Tesfaye Demissie, 16 years; Building Maintenance Tradesworker Luis Cervantes, 20 years; and Mechanical Technician II Jose Carlos Grijalva, 17 years.

Jan 25

February in your desert garden

Posted on January 25, 2024 at 4:05 PM by Jesse Ruiz

Broccoli gardenSince night falls early in the winter, rather than concentrate on plants that thrive under desert sun, how about a focus on plants that shine in the moonlight?  

Plants with white blossoms and silver leaves reflect the moon’s rays to create a lovely quality at nighttime.

You can grow these heat-tolerant plants in the Coachella Valley to create a moon garden. 

Shasta daisy: White petals. Drought resistant, needs afternoon shade. 

Sweet alyssum:  Honey-scented white blossoms. Drought tolerant, does best in containers in partial shade.

Dusty miller: Silvery-blue foliage. Drought tolerant, full sun to partial shade.

Desert sage: Fragrant silver leaves. Drought tolerant, a favorite for xeriscaping.

Datura: White flowers. Waits until dusk to slowly open blossoms. Highly toxic. 

Tuberose: White petals. One of the most fragrant flowers in the world, best in light shade. Flowers open more at night during hotter weather.

What to plant this month

This is your last chance to plant smaller cool-season vegetable seeds -- root crops, leaf crops and peas. Choose slow-bolt varieties to keep them from going to seed as spring moves toward summer. 

For better luck with a crop, plant winter vegetable seedlings -- leafy lettuce, beets, broccoli, cabbage, chard, peas, green onions, and spinach. 

You can plant trees in February. Citrus that have high heat requirements such as grapefruit and Valencia oranges, Eureka and Lisbon lemons, Fairchild and Daisy mandarins, and tangelos are well-suited for this area. 

You can set out warm-season transplants after mid-February, but protect plans from late season frost with a frost blanket.

It is an excellent time to plant shallow-rooted ground covers, native plants, and other low-water use plants. 

Hold off planting frost tender plants such as bougainvillea until March to avoid possible late frost.

More information: cvwd.org/conservation

Jan 23

Actions from the Jan. 23 board meeting

Posted on January 23, 2024 at 4:22 PM by Jesse Ruiz

Board Meeting video screen shot 24-01-23The board voted to:   

 1. Reject all bids for the WRP 7 Aeration Improvements Project, authorize engineering services firm Jacobs to redesign the project for $544,921, and solicit bids for that modified project.

The multi-year project was estimated to cost $15.5 million. However, due to higher costs for supply chain issues, inflation, and construction market volatility, cost increased to $30.5 million.

 The project will replace old equipment, reduce power consumption by 45%, reduce labor costs, and prepare the plant for future growth.  Design changes will reduce project cost by approximately $6 million and will not alter treatment capacity or operational efficiency.

2. Hire West Yost & Associates for $1.1 million to evaluate options to comply with California proposed chromium-6 maximum contaminant levels (MCL).  The state proposes a 10 ug/L MCL for drinking water. CVWD has two public water systems that would be impacted by the proposed regulation.

3. Award a $8,256,990 construction contract to Pacific Hydrotech Corporation to upgrade Lift Station 55-11 that serves Mecca. Total project cost is $9,722,557.  The lift station was built in 1993 and needs upgrades to meet current and future demands.

The project will increase storage/pumping capacities, new pipes, odor control, and site improvements including paving, new perimeter wall, energy efficient lighting, a new generator, and new electrical and controls equipment.

4. Solicit bids to rehabilitate well 5662-1 on Royal Palm Drive near San Pablo Avenue in Palm Desert. Built in 1978, the well was taken offline in 2017 due to high nitrate concentrations in shallow portions of the aquifer. The rehabilitation will aim to increase water production in the lower portions of the aquifer with low nitrate levels.