The El Dorado Irrigation District (District) is proposing to implement measures to ensure the residents of Outingdale have continued access to potable water for drinking water supplies and potential fire from suppression needs during emergency drought conditions. The Outingdale Water Treatment Plant (WTP). Currently these residents have been allocated only 50 gallons per capita day (gpcd) for minimum health and safety needs due to a water rights curtailment from the State Water Resources Control Board. Despite this minimal usage, there are still indications that conditions are deteriorating to the point the existing intake and/or water volume will be insufficient to meet this health and safety need. As such, this District needs to take emergency actions to maintain basic health and safety needs of its customers. This project includes three measures to ensure the continued potable supply for the residents of Outingdale: 1) installation of hypalon cover over the dam to minimize seepage through the structure, 2) truck in potable water from the District's main system, and 3) relocate the existing intake screen to a deeper pool downstream of the existing dam to ensure minimum submergence to continued operation. Implementation of the activities will not require removal of trees and ground disturbance will not occur. The District may implement any one or all of these measures as necessary.
Statutory Exemption Emergency Project (CCR, Title 14, Sec. 15269(b)(c);
The Project involves emergency actions taken to ensure the residents of Outingdale have continued access to potable water for drinking water supplies and potential fire suppression needs during emergency drought conditions. Even without the emergency conditions that currently exist the Project also qualifies as minor alterations to existing facilities and none of the applicable exceptions to this exemption, as identified under CCR, Title 14 section 15300.2 are valid for this project, including significant effect due to unusual circumstances, cumulative impact, scenic highways, hazardous waste sites, and historical resources.