EMWD owns and operates two in-ground vehicle lifts, located in the fleet services area of their Operations and Maintenance Complex in Perris, California. The exiting lifts, with an estimated capacity of 8,000 pounds, are used for vehicle repair and maintenance service. The lifts were constructed in 1994 as part of the OMC's original construction. The lifts are designed to safely lift and suspend vehicles to facilitate maintenance, by allowing technicians to work underneath the vehicle while standing. In 2014, one of the lifts developed a below grade hydraulic oil leak, causing the lift to stop operating efficiently. The district proposes to replace the two existing lifts. The new lifts, with an estimated lifting capacity of 16,000 pounds, will accommodate a wider range of vehicles, and have integrated oil containment to soil in the event of future leaks.
Implementation of the proposed project would result in minor alterations to existing facilities by replacing mechanical equipment as a means of maintenance. This project meets the criteria for existing operations for Eastern Municipal Water District under the categorical exemption provided for within CEQA Guidelines §15301.