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Pacific Grove Local Water Project The City of Pacific Grove (City), similar to other jurisdictions in the California American Water Monterey District service area, has a shortage of potable water due to limitations on existing water supplies from the Carmel River Aquifer and Seaside Groundwater Basin. The City currently uses approximately 100 to 125 acre-feet per year (AFY) of potable water for irrigation of the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links and the adjacent El Carmelo Cemetery. The City of Pacific Grove has made a public participation proposal to include several small projects as part of California American Water’s proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project. Replacement of this irrigation demand with non-potable supplies will create a new offset of at least 100 to 125 AFY of potable water per project, for use by California American Water in meeting its obligations to find replacement supplies.

In 2006 a court decision mandated reductions in pumping from the Seaside Aquifer and in 2009 the State issued Cease and Desist Order (CDO) imposing a deadline of January 1, 2017 to greatly reduce water withdrawals from the Carmel River. There is an urgent need to find an alternative water supply for California American Water’s Monterey County District. Failure to meet the 2016 deadline could have harmful consequences for California American Water, its customers, and the community.

The Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority (MPRWA) is a Joint Power Authority (JPA) created in 2012 to find a solution to the Peninsula Water Shortage caused by the over drafting of the Carmel River. The Authority consists of six Peninsula cities: Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City and Seaside, with Monterey County participating on the Governance Committee. The Mayor of Pacific Grove serves a Director of the Authority.

Several source water projects are currently in progress in the Monterey Peninsula.

Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (Desalination)The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project will consist of slant intake wells, the desalination plant and related facilities including brackish water pipelines, product water pipelines and brine disposal facilities. Depending on the availability of water from the Groundwater Replenishment Project the desalination plant will be sized at either 9.6 mgd or 6.4 mgd. This facility will be owned and operated by California American Water.

More information on the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project

Pure Water Monterey: Ground Water Replenishment (GWR) ProjectPure Water Monterey is an advanced water recycling project, jointly developed by two public agencies – Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) and the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA). This groundwater replenishment project would recharge the Seaside groundwater basin with high quality purified water. The project is sustainable, publicly-owned and would improve and protect drinking water supplies. The GWR project is in advanced planning stages. Funding will be provided by grants, project partners and water users on the Monterey Peninsula.

More information on the Pure Water Monterey Project

Pacific Grove Local Water Project (LWP)The Pacific Grove Local Water Project consists of the construction and operation of a new satellite recycled water treatment plant (SRWTP) to recycle a portion of Pacific Grove’s municipal wastewater. Recycled water produced at the SRWTP, located at the retired Point Pinos Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), during the first phase, would be used primarily for landscape irrigation at the Pacific Grove Golf Links and El Carmelo Cemetery, owned by the City of Pacific Grove and located adjacent to the SRWTP. The initial Project consists of installing 2,800 linear feet (LF) of recycled water pipeline that would convey recycled water from the SRWTP to the Pacific Grove Golf Links and El Carmelo Cemetery’s existing irrigation systems.

More information on the LWP
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Local Water Project Documents24 documents

  • Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report September 2015
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  • Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for Local Water Project (LWP) November 2014
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  • Eastwood/Odello Water Right Change Petition Draft Environmental Impact Report October 2014
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  • Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for Local Water Project (LWP) July 2015
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  • Notice of Preparation of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report and Scoping Meeting: June 22, 2015 at 5:30pm, City Council Chambers, 300 Forest Ave.
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  • Shortlisted Firms
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  • Request for Qualifications Local Water Project
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  • Sewage and Pumping Treatment Works drawings Part 1
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  • Sewage and Pumping Treatment Works drawings Part 2
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  • Sewage and Pumping Treatment Works drawings Part 3
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  • Sewage and Pumping Treatment Works drawings Part 4
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  • SOQ Local Water Project (LWP) Presentation February 27, 2015
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  • Local Water Project RFQ Pre-Submittal Meeting Sign In February 27, 2015
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  • Questions Received regarding LWP RFQ Pre-Submittal Meeting
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  • Questions Received regarding LWP RFQ Pre-Submittal Meeting 2
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Draft Environmental Impact Report September 16, 20149 documents

  • Volume 1 Draft Environmental Impact Report
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  • Volume 2 Appendices A - C 
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  • Volume 2 Appendices D - E
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  • Volume 2 Appendix F 
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  • Volume 2 Appendix G (Geotechnical Report)
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  • Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report and Scoping Meeting: March 4, 2014 at 6pm, City Council Chambers, 300 Forest Ave.
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  • Local Water Project - Draft Facility Plan Report 2014
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  • Pacific Grove Small Water Projects Summary
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  • CPUC Filing for City of Pacific Grove Public Participation Proposal – Small Water Projects
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