West Goshen Emergency Water Supply Consolidation Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Tulare County
Document Title
West Goshen Emergency Water Supply Consolidation Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Project consists of extending the water mains from the Cal Water Visalia Service Area into the Community of West Goshen. The Project includes installing approximately 6,500 feet of an 8-inch Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) water main, approximately 2,200 feet of a 12-inch Ductile Iron Pipe (DIP) water main, approximately 53 metered service connections (main to meters), approximately 4,400 feet of private service lines, and approximately 20 back flow preventers and the destruction of approximately ten wells. Also, five wells that supplied seven households are currently dry. In addition, all the wells (12) that supply 27 households have exceeded the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for one or more of the following constituents: nitrate, uranium, and 1,2,3-Tricholopropane. The community is currently relying on hauled water or water from neighboring properties. The Project will provide a sustainable source of water for the Community of West Goshen during drought conditions and also provides a reliable/safe drinking source for all West Goshen residents. Further, this Project is consistent with the West Goshen Hamlet Plan 2017 (adopted via Tulare County Board of Supervisors Resolution 2017-0976, December 5, 2017) to increase water system improvement (e.g., water distribution piping, storage tank, other appurtenances) as funding becomes available. This project is supported by California Water Service Company (Cal Water); the current provider of water service following consolidation with the former West Goshen Mutual Water Company.

Contact Information

Hector Guerra
Agency Name
Tulare County Resource Management Agency
Job Title
Chief Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Denise England
Agency Name
Tulare County Resource Management Agency
Job Title
Grants & Resource Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


West Goshen
23 &24

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
14 Cal. Code Regs. Section 15303(d) New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures (per PRC 21080.47)
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is excluded or exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) on the grounds that the project is consistent with Section 15303(d) New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures (per PRC 21080.47) as the overall intent is to provide a reliable, safe-drinking, and sustainable water supply for the community of West Goshen. In support of this determination, it is noted that the California Water Boards cites to Senate Bill 974 Public Resource Code§ 21080.47 as it pertains to exemption of certain projects that consist solely of the installation, repair, or reconstruction of water infrastructure from CEQA.
County Clerk


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