Reiter Berry - Farm Housing Project (Project)


SCH Number
Public Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
Reiter Berry - Farm Housing Project (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Reiter Berry proposes to install a water system and build farm worker housing to facilitate continued farming around the land. Currently, the site has a 400-foot domestic well with a demand of 500 gallons per day (gpd), which will increase to an average of 7,000 gpd with the completion of the Project. The Project will add two 2.5-hp pumps to the existing domestic well, along with 1,400 feet (ft) of three-inch, 1,400 ft of four-inch, and 1,400 ft of six-inch PVC water line. There is a San Benito County Water Agency (SBCWA) connection on the property for agricultural water use that will be used to supplement any need for fire control. The Project will include the installation of two 3.5-hp pumps and a SBCWA pipeline valve to support the above fire control. In addition to an existing 30-gallon pressure tank, storage tanks for the Project will include two-10,000 gallon polyethylene tanks and two 80-gallon pressure tanks. The tanks will be in the storage yard of the farm, a fenced area where farm equipment is kept. July 2020 Update: Temporary point of use (POU) units were installed under the kitchen tap of all 13 dwelling units for temporary nitrate MCL compliance after the well was measured above the nitrate MCL in May and June 2020. See NOE for full document description.

Contact Information

Jan Sweigert
Agency Name
State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Benito
Other Location Info
4660 San Juan Road, Hollister, within San Benito County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Common Sense Exemption (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Division 6, Chapter 3, Article 5, Section 15061 (b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The Project site has been previously disturbed through excavation and soil disturbance typical of agriculture. The Project site is not satisfactory to farming and has not been farmed in five to seven years. Due to the location of the Project, the condition of the land, and the lack of suitable habitat there is no possibility of a significant effect on the environment.


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