Meeting Date:

January 25, 2007





David A. Berger,


1.2 Water Supply


General Manager

Line Item No.:

1-2-1 A.1


Prepared By:

Joe Oliver

Cost Estimate:



General Counsel Approval:  N/A

Committee Recommendation:  The Administrative Committee reviewed this item on January 18 and recommended approval.

CEQA Compliance:  N/A


SUMMARY:  The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (District) Board will consider approval of budgeted funds to amend its existing contract with Pueblo Water Resources, Inc. (Pueblo) to assist staff with implementation of the planned Water Year (WY) 2007 Seaside Basin ground water injection testing program (also know as aquifer storage and recovery, or ASR).  Specifically, this year’s testing program is planned to accommodate acceleration of expanded injection testing operations at the District’s second ASR well, which is currently under construction at the Phase 1 ASR site off General Jim Moore Boulevard on former Fort Ord property in Seaside and is estimated to be complete by March 1, 2007.  Testing will include the construction of temporary facilities at the new ASR well, known as the Santa Margarita Test Injection Well No. 2 (SMTIW No. 2), so that injection testing can occur this recharge season, as the permanent appurtenant facilities are not yet in place and cannot be designed and constructed until SMTIW No. 2 construction and initial production testing are completed.  The WY 2007 work plan will also include several tasks that will facilitate engineering design of the permanent appurtenant facilities, most notably the sizing of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) electrical service upgrades that will be required at the Phase 1 site.  A detailed description of the planned WY 2007 testing and monitoring activities is provided in Exhibit 4-A.  The cost estimate for this work is $158,588.  The total not-to-exceed cost, including a 10% budget contingency ($15,859) is $174,447, which is within the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 budget.


RECOMMENDATION:  Staff recommends that the Board authorize the General Manager to amend the Pueblo contract for assistance in conducting WY 2007 ASR testing program in an amount not-to-exceed $174,447.  This includes a “baseline” amount of $158,588 as described in Exhibit 4-A and a $15,859 (10%) contingency that would only be utilized if authorized by the District staff, based on written justification.  At its January 18, 2007 meeting, the Administrative Committee voted 2 to 0 to recommend approval.


BACKGROUND:  The District has undertaken an extensive effort over the last several years in planning studies for the Phase 1 ASR Project, culminating in the Board’s adoption of a certified Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Assessment for the project on August 21, 2006.  Subsequently, the U.S. Army granted a Right-of-Entry to the District for the Phase 1 ASR site expansion on September 19, 2006, and the City of Seaside issued a Conditional Use Permit for the site expansion on October 11, 2006.  On September 18, 2006, the Board authorized a contract with Pueblo to assist with preparation of bid materials and construction management services for the construction of SMTIW No. 2.  On November 20, 2006, the Board authorized a contract with Zim Industries, Inc. for well drilling and installation of SMTIW No. 2.


The various tasks for implementation of the Phase 1 ASR Project have been separated as a means to “fast-track” completion of the second ASR well, as directed by the Board at its January 25, 2006 ASR workshop, in order to accelerate injection activities at this new facility as soon as possible during this coming injection season.  Accordingly, the Phase 1 ASR project has been divided into three basic work components, to be implemented on a sequential basis, as described in Exhibit 4-A:


  1. Drilling and construction of the SMTIW No. 2 and associated monitor well,
  2. Development and implementation of the WY 2007 ASR testing program, including the existing and new ASR well, and
  3.  Design, engineering, and construction of the on-site ancillary facilities (e.g., chemical/electrical building, permanent piping, instrumentation, etc.).


The current work plan under consideration relates to Item 2 above, and will authorize Pueblo’s assistance with the planned WY 2007 ASR testing program, which includes engineering and equipment required to accommodate injection testing at both SMTIW No. 1 and No. 2 this recharge season.  The equipment set-up at SMTIW No. 2 will be temporary, as the permanent appurtenant facilities are not yet in place and cannot be designed and constructed until SMTIW No. 2 construction and initial production testing are completed.  As part of Pueblo’s work, the feasibility and comparative cost of utilizing a temporary generator instead of hard-wiring the temporary well pump, will be assessed as a means to keep costs associated with the temporary injection testing set-up to a minimum.


IMPACT TO STAFF/RESOURCES:  A significant staff effort has been expended in planning, coordinating, analyzing and overseeing work on the District’s ASR testing program in the Seaside Basin.  The District is currently expanding that level of effort with the implementation of the Phase 1 ASR Project during FY 2006-2007.  Sufficient budgeted amounts to complete the WY 2007 ASR testing program are included in the District’s FY 2006-2007 budget (Goal:  Augment Water Supply, Water Supply Projects, Objective 1-2-1 A. 1. Second ASR Well, page 15 of June 22, 2006 adopted budget). 



4-A      Proposal for Professional Services; Phase 1 ASR Project, Water Year 2007 Testing Program





J. Oliver, 1/10/07, 2 pages