SCADA Wide Area Network Project

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SCH Number
Public Agency
Western Municipal Water District
Document Title
SCADA Wide Area Network Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Western is implementing the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Wide Area Network Project (project). In 2018, Western completed a SCADA Master Plan that identifies SCADA component upgrades and system improvements for a cohesive, standardized, and optimized control system and to improve the overall SCADA system reliability, accessibility, maintainability and security. The proposed project has been identified as the initial phase of the Master Plan to provide additional reliability to Western’s water system operation. The proposed project would involve installation of four self-supporting steel lattice tower structures at each of the following aboveground storage tank locations: Lockwood, Lurin, Orangecrest, and Old Lake. Installation would involve foundation placement, tower construction, grounding, and conduit installation. Foundation and conduit work would involve excavation of up to 4 feet below ground surface. The towers would be erected 65 feet tall by 7 feet wide and would taper to 3 feet with increased height. The existing storage tanks are on average 200 feet in diameter by 45 feet tall and will continue to be the most visually dominant structures on each site. Although the antenna tower would be approximately 25 feet taller than the existing storage tanks, the antenna tower would be composed of aluminum scaffolding and would not block views. Installation of each tower would last approximately 6 months and would occur during allowable construction hours of the City of Riverside and County of Riverside. Beneficiaries of the project include the customers of Western, who will benefit from increased operating efficiency obtained through a real-time data network.

Contact Information

Sayer Pinto
Agency Name
Western Municipal Water District
Job Title
Water Resources Analyst
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Palm Road and Lockwood Avenue
Parcel #
Other Location Info
16909 Ridge Cliff, 92503, Lakepointe Drive; 18265 Krameria Avenue, 92508, Ponte Belle Drive and Lurin Avenue; 8359 Clover Creek Road, 92508, Grove Community Drive
Other Information
See attached map for multiple sites listed under "Other Location Info"

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15301
Reasons for Exemption
Western is a publicly owned utility that is providing public utility services, namely water, wastewater and recycled water services to its constituents. All minor alterations will occur at existing aboveground storage tank sites on Western-owned property. The 15301 Exemption requires that the project involves negligible or no expansion of use. Because installation of the SCADA system is not expected to increase the storage capacity of any of the tanks, the project would result in negligible or no expansion to the current use. The proposed project is solely intended to collect and transmit water data to improve daily operations and maintenance of the four storage tanks. Therefore, the proposed project is consistent with the requirements for a Class 1 (Existing Facilities) categorical exemption per section 15301 of the State CEQA Guidelines.
County Clerk


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