Kern-Tulare Water District (KTWD) owns a slant pump located on the
west side of the Shafter Check in the Friant Kern Canal. The pump is occasionally used by KTWD, typically to convey water in reverse flow in the Friant Kern Canal when an exchange is not available with Arvin-Edison Water Storage District. The pump was installed in 1984 and has a capacity of 30 cfs. The pump has been used periodically at least once a year since 2012, except for 2016, when it was not used at all. ln late 2018, the pump was knocked off its mount. As a result, the trash cage is bent and the pipe supports for the pump need to be repaired. The pump is likely still operational at its full capacity, but it is not properly secured in place and should be re-mounted.
District will have a crane and operator to lift the pump back on to its mount. The contractor and/or staff will then test the pump by turning it on and evaluating its functionality. If there are any operational concerns, the pump will.be taken to a shop for repair. If the test demonstrates the pump is functioning properly I the contractor will take necessary steps to secure the pump in place for future use. The pump's pipe supports will be reset and repaired, which may include removing the existing supports, fabricating new pipe supports. and possibly adding additional supports. District staff will also paint the pipelines and appurtenances. The trash cage on the suction side of the pump will be refurbished, repaired and repainted by District staff.
The project is categorically exempt pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15301 _
because it is a continued use of existing District facilities, with negligible or no expansion of use, and undertaken pursuant to the District's routine maintenance and contractual obligations. KTWD does not propose any expansion in its use of the pump. It will simply be re-mounted and repaired.
The project is categorically exempt pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15302
because it involves only the replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced. The only work proposed is repair and re-mounting of the pump on the same site where it was previously located, and there is no proposed change to the pump's purpose or capacity.
The project is categorically exempt pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15303
because it consists of construction of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures and installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures. The only construction proposed is the potential replacement of the pump supports, if deemed necessary. These supports are small and will not change the purpose or function of the pump.
The project is categorically exempt pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15304
because it consists of minor alterations in the condition of land which do not involve the removal of trees
Note: See NOE for full exemptions