The City of Shafter owns and operates eight active groundwater wells that deliver domestic water to its municipal distribution system. The City is drilling and constructing a new groundwater well on existing tank site #4. This new well will function with and support the tank, booster pumps and existing improvements to improve the operating efficiency of the distribution system. The new groundwater well project hereinafter referred to as "Well#18" includes an advanced pump motor, a hydro pneumatic tank and water treatment facilities. The Well #18 pump motor and treatment facilities will be enclosed by existing fenced area of tank site #4 to ensure only authorized personnel can access these critical well components. Well #18's Discharge piping will be installed into existing storage tank #4 and existing distribution system.
The well is exempt from CEQA because the proposal is a new small facility to be constructed on the City of Shafter's existing water well No. 4 and storage tank site. No expansion is proposed for the existing water well and storage tank site. The project site is already developed as a water well site and is surrounded by existing urban related development. The temporary berm area is vacant and maintained with no vegetation. There is no sensitive species habitat, no record of sensitive species, wetlands, or historical structures within, adjacent to, or near the groundwater well site and berm area.