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.