Telemetry Upgrade Project Phase II


SCH Number
Public Agency
Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD)
Document Title
Telemetry Upgrade Project Phase II
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) will replace telemetry equipment at fifty-one potable water and sanitation sites within the cities of Palm Desert, Cathedral City, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, Indio, Thermal, Indian Wells, Desert Hot Springs, and North Shore. The sites facilities include Domestic Wells (W) and Sanitary Lift Stations (LS): 1. W4567 29-645 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City 2. W4510 71-777 Dinah Shore Drive, Cathedral City 3. W4613 73-400 Gerald Ford Drive, Palm Desert 4. W4612 73-150 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert 5. W5603-2 76-500 California Drive, Palm Desert 6. W5719 80-067 Avenue 40th Indio 7. W5717 79-937 1/2 Dandelion Drive, La Quinta 8. W5718 79-867 1/2 Fred Waring Drive, La Quinta 9. W6734 81-948 Rancho Santana Drive, La Quinta 10. W6707 51-742 Jefferson Street, La Quinta 11. W5725 79-592 1/2 Rancho La Quinta Lane, La Quinta 12. W5727 79-998 Rancho La Quinta Lane, La Quinta 13. W6807 89-090 60th Avenue, Thermal 14. W6728 60-372 Desert Shadows Drive, La Quinta 15. W6729 60-402 Madison Street, La Quinta 16. W6726 81-503 Airport Boulevard, La Quinta 17. W4631 73-400 Gerald Ford Drive, Palm Desert 18. W4610 72-702 Dinah Shore Drive, Palm Desert 19. W4611 73-410 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert 20. W5675 40-928 Avenida Solana, Palm Desert 21. W5682 74-355 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert 22. W5679 39-400 Tamarisk Row Drive, Palm Desert 23. W5701 80-185 Vista Grande, La Quinta 24. W5716 79-437 1/2 Desert Stream Drive, La Quinta 25. W5715 79-370 Avenue 48, La Quinta 26. W4722 78-903 Sunrise Mountain View, Palm Desert 27. W6725 56-020 Madison Street, La Quinta 28. W5714 44-965 Calle Placido, La Quinta 29. W5669 76-495 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert 30. W7803 85-850 Middleton Road, Thermal 31. W5672 73-205 Hovley Lane West, Palm Desert 32. W4720 78-800 Avenue 38, Palm Desert 33. W4721 37-021 Adams Street, Palm Desert 34. W3410 16-755 Atlantic Avenue, Desert Hot Springs 35. W5713 79-745 1/2 Star Flower Trail, La Quinta 36. W4504 70-440 Sunny Lane, Rancho Mirage 37. W4507 71-300 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage 38. W6805 84-399 Airport Boulevard, Thermal 39. LS 50-01 500’ S. of Desert Beach Drive/Seaview Drive, North Shore 40. LS 55-12 46-755 Jefferson Street, La Quinta 41. LS 55-19 55921 Calhoun Street, Thermal 42. LS 55-24 51-501 Jackson Street, Thermal 43. LS 80-05 46-250 Racquet Club Dr., Indian Wells 44. LS 80-06 71-008 Country Club Drive, Rancho Mirage 45. LS 80-09 Vintage Drive/Morningstar Drive, Palm Desert 46. LS 80-13 44-504 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells 47. LS 81-04 78270-A Brad Ryland Drive, Indian Wells 48. LS 80-04 Racquet Club Drive/Hwy 111, Indian Wells 49. LS 55-01 Avenue 50/Storm Water Channel, La Quinta 50. LS 80-19 77-401 ½ Miles Avenue, Indian Wells 51. LS 81-07 80-860 Avenue 42, Indio The purpose of the project is to rehabilitate and improve the reliability of domestic water and sanitary services. CVWD’s domestic water and sewer collection system are comprised of 169 remote sites, including well sites, booster stations, and reservoirs; as well as 28 sanitary lift stations throughout the Coachella Valley. These sites have a mix of legacy remote terminal units (mRTU) that are beyond their useful life, antiquated, and replacement parts are difficult to find. The replacement of this equipment with updated Programmatic Logic Controls (PLC) technology will provide for significant operational optimization through streamlined communications with our newly implemented SCADA system. CVWD is also participating in a Demand Response Program (DRP) with Enersponse through Southern California Edison. Construction will consist of the removal and proper disposal of the existing electronic equipment. Fifty-one new electronic PLCs will be installed, hard-wired, and tested for operation. E-waste will be disposed of utilizing CVWD’s contracted services for disposal at an authorized recycling facility. Negligible downtime is anticipated for the facility installation, and will not impact CVWD domestic water and sanitary services. CVWD will replace equipment for fifty-one sites over the next two-year period. Surrounding land uses consist of residential, commercial, recreational, and roadways. The project is not located within or adjacent to a conservation area associated with the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. The project sites are located within developed urban areas, paved roadways, or parking lots, and involve negligible ground disturbance.

Contact Information

William Patterson
Agency Name
Coachella Valley Water District
Job Title
Environmental Supervisor
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, Indio Hills, La Quinta, North Shore, Thermal, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage
Citywide, Unincorporated
Other Location Info
Cities of: Palm Desert, Cathedral City, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, Indio, Thermal, Indian Wells, Desert Hot Springs, and North Shore; Riverside County, CA

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines 15301, 15302
Reasons for Exemption
State CEQA Guidelines §15301 (Existing Facilities) allows for the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. The project includes the rehabilitation of 51 telemetry units and CVWD potable water and sanitation facilities, which does not pose the possibility of a significant effect on the environment. The replacement equipment would be located on the same site and have substantially the same use as the existing equipment. State CEQA Guidelines §15032 (Replacement or Reconstruction) allows for projects consisting of 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 replacement telemetry equipment would be located on the same site and have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the existing equipment.
County Clerk


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