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Sewer system upgrade will open the door for more housing

Posted on May 24, 2022 at 3:28 PM by Jesse Ruiz

Mecca aerial drone photoEngineering design of a project to improve sanitation infrastructure that will allow construction of more affordable housing in Mecca was approved May 24 by the CVWD Board of Directors.

A lift station near the intersection of Avenue 66 and Hammond Road in Mecca that pumps wastewater to Water Reclamation Plant 4 plant was built in 1993. It now needs upgrades to help meet sewer demands for planned and future developments in Mecca.

Dudek, a construction engineering company in Encinitas, was awarded the $683,981 contract for designing the Lift Station 55-11 Capacity Upgrade Project. Construction on the multi-year project is anticipated to start in fiscal year 2023-2024.

The new infrastructure will accommodate planned developments in Mecca, such as the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition’s Nuestro Orgullo project, College of the Desert East Campus expansion and other housing developments.

The board also:

  • Authorized an agreement with the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and SCE for electric vehicle charging ports at the Living Desert.  The Living Desert, which sits on land owned by CVWD, plans to renovate its parking lot and install 64 charging ports.
  • Recognized the 20th anniversary of Auto Part Specialist II David Roberts.
  • Awarded a contract for $3.8 million  to Jones Brothers  Construction   for replacing 8,800 feet of leaking concrete pipe with PVC pipeline  along 58th Avenue from Van Buren Street to east of Harrison Street in Thermal. Improvements on this irrigation lateral will also include new metered delivery points, vaults, valves, meters and removing baffle stands.
  • Authorized staff to seek bids for construction of the Monroe Street Truck Sewer Project. The multi-year project will connect 33 homes, a church and a park in Thermal to CVWD’s sewer collection system.  Grants will fund the total cost of $2.6 million.
  • Approved an agreement with CDM Smith for design of the Water Reclamation Plant 10 (WRP 10) Headworks improvement Project. Constructed in 1974, replacement parts are not always available for headworks equipment. Total engineering design cost is $1.9 million.
  • Approved an agreement with West Yost Associates for $2.6 million to implement the CV-SNMP Development Workplan and execute the First Supplement to the Memorandum of Understanding regarding collaboration on the Coachella Valley Salt and Nutrient Management Plan.

Approved a nonpotable water agreement for Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, which irrigates its golf course and landscape with water from its well.  Plans outline Sunnylands connecting to nonpotable water pipelines from WRP 10 expected to go under construction in summer 2024.

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