- Notice of Availability of an Addendum to the Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Expanded Pure Water Monterey/Groundwater Replenishment Project (November 12, 2021)
- Addendum to the Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Expanded Pure Water Monterey/Groundwater Replenishment Project (November 2021)
Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental EIR for Proposed Modifications to the PWM/GWR Project
Public Review: Nov 7 – Jan 31, 2020 (Extended from Dec 23, 2019)
Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental EIR for Proposed Modifications to the PWM/GWR Project:
Draft Supplemental EIR:
Appendices to the Draft Supplemental EIR:
References for Draft Supplemental EIR
Public Meeting: December 12, 2019
Meeting begins at 5:30 PM
986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955
Thanks to everyone who attended our recent Pure Water Monterey Notice of Preparation Meeting. For those who asked, please find the meeting’s presentation here:
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Pure Water Monterey has been honored with the WateReuse Association of California’s Medium Agency of the Year Award. The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) along with project partner Monterey One Water was presented the award at the Association’s 2018 Annual Conference.
The WateReuse Association is a nationally recognized industry advocacy group that promotes the development and expansion of water reuse, recharge and purification projects in North America. The Medium Agency of the year award recognizes projects and their agencies that produce between 1,000 and 5,000 acre-feet of beneficial reuse per year. The Pure Water Monterey Project will begin delivery of 3.500 acre feet of purified water in mid to late 2019.
With the realization that additional source waters from the Marina Coast Water District were available to bring into the Advanced Water Purification Facility, the Final Pure Water Monterey Engineering Report has been updated to include the expansion of the current 4 Million Gallon per Day (MGD) plant to a 5 MGD plant.
Presentation from the August 22, 2016 Title 22 public hearing on the Pure Water Monterey Draft Engineering Report.
For the project to begin operations, MRWPCA must obtain a number of permits from the State. One of these is a groundwater replenishment permit issued by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water (DDW). As part of the process to obtain this RWQCB permit, on January 29, 2016, MWRPCA submitted a draft Engineering Report to DDW for approval and to the RWQCB for review. The draft report provides information about the project and how it complies with public health and water quality regulations. On April 15, 2016, DDW provided comments on the initial draft Engineering Report. MRWPCA revised and submitted a revised draft Engineering Report on May 25, 2016. On July 1, 2016, DDW sent a letter to MRWPCA that stated the Revised Draft Engineering Report was ready for posting for a public hearing with one minor text edit. The Revised Draft Engineering Report, dated July 1, 2016, is available here for viewing.
The other steps for issuance of the RWQCB permit include the following activities. MRWPCA will provide updates as the project advances through these steps.
Step 1. The DDW and the RWQCB will review the draft Engineering Report and may provide MRWPCA with comments or questions. When the regulatory comments/questions have been resolved to the satisfaction of the regulators, MRWPCA will prepare a final draft report. This step was completed July 1, 2016.
Step 2. MRWPCA will hold a public hearing for the project on August 22, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM. Information on the project is currently available to the public for review 30 days before the hearing, including the hearing notification, information that will be provided at the hearing, and the final draft Engineering report. A public notice was posted in the “Legal Notices” section of the Classifieds (page B5) in the Monterey Herald Newspaper on July 19, 2016 and sent by U.S. Mail to all owners of wells located within the Seaside Groundwater Basin boundary. Public comments will be accepted at the public hearing and during a 10-day public comment period following the hearing. Specifically, comments may be submitted in writing through September 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM.
Step 3. Based on comments received during the hearing or comment period, MRWPCA will finalize the Engineering Report for submittal to the DDW and RWQCB.
Step 4. The DDW will send a letter to the RWQCB recommending that the RWQCB issue a permit for the project as well as any permit conditions that DDW recommends for inclusion in the permit.
Step 5. The RWQCB will issue a tentative permit for public review and comment, and will provide a public comment period of approximately 30 days. The RWQCB will hold a public hearing on the tentative permit for consideration of adoption by its Board.
This entry was posted in News & Announcements on July 20, 2016 by PWM.
California American Water Makes Formal Filing in Support of Recycled Water Project
All Three Elements of Water Supply Project Now Moving Forward
PACIFIC GROVE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Earlier today California American Water president Rob MacLean filed testimony with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in support of the groundwater replenishment project known as Pure Water Monterey.
“Pure Water Monterey helps to diversify our water supply portfolio and brings many environmental benefits,” said California American Water president Rob MacLean. “By maximizing recycled water opportunities, we will be able to decrease the size of our proposed desalination plant and reduce our environmental footprint. We are hopeful the Commission analysis of the project will show its cost to be reasonable and affirm the advantages it has over building a larger desalination plant.”
In his testimony, MacLean said the groundwater replenishment project carries with it potential advantages in terms of schedule and reduced environmental impacts that could make it a preferable option to a larger desalination plant. It is expected the customer bill impacts for the project will be the same or marginally higher than the larger desalination option. MacLean also asked the California Public Utilities Commission to consider the overwhelming support Pure Water Monterey has received from local elected officials.
The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District and Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency recently completed the required environmental study for the Pure Water Monterey project. California American Water has also negotiated near-final terms of a water purchase agreement for Pure Water Monterey, which would provide for delivery of 3,500 acre-feet per year of advanced-treated, recycled water to serve as a key component of the future water supply for the Monterey Peninsula. The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to issue its decision on the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project, including approval of the Pure Water Monterey purchase agreement, by the end of the year.
California American Water’s proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project consists of a 6.4 million gallon per day seawater desalination facility, water purchased from the Pure Water Monterey project, and expanded underground storage of excess winter river flows. When combined with existing supplies, including groundwater, and 300 acre-feet a year from the Sand City desalination facility, the project will meet the water demands of the Monterey Peninsula community and reduce production from the Carmel River, home to threatened species. The Pure Water Monterey Project will reduce stormwater runoff into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sactuary and reduce discharge to the portions of the Monterey Bay coast designated as Areas of Special Biological Significance.
The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project is expected to be complete in 2019. Deliveries of water from Pure Water Monterey are expected to begin in July of that year. For more information on the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply project, visit www.watersupplyproject.org.