Reasons for Exemption
The District has found and determined that to the extent such activities could possibly constitute a project, the Project is exempt under CEQA. This determination is based upon the fact that the Project is an emergency project. The District has a water storage capacity of 2.1 million gallons. During peak demand the District currently operates at a deficit of 168 gpm, which provides the District approximately eight (8) days of operating at such capacity before its storage is depleted. Well #5, was constructed in 1965 and its well casings are failing. If Well #5 becomes inoperable prior to the District being able to obtain the Site and construct Well #8, the number of days at which the District could operate at historical peak demand before its storage is depleted would be reduced by half, to approximately four (4) days. In light of the likelihood that Well #5 will fail in the near term, and the degree to which the failure would limit the ability of the District to satisfy its water supply obligations to its customers, the anticipated period of time to conduct an environmental review of the Project would create a risk to public health, safety and welfare. Therefore, the emergency exception (CEQA Guidelines section 15269 (c)) applies.