Meeting Date:

June 12, 2017





David J. Stoldt,


WDS Permitting


General Manager

Line Item No.:





Prepared By:

Gabriela Ayala

Cost Estimate: 



General Counsel Review:  N/A

Committee Recommendation:  The Administrative Committee reviewed this item on June 12, 2017 and recommended _______________.

CEQA Compliance:  This action does not constitute a project as defined by the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines section 15378.


SUMMARY:   The Board will consider authorizing the General Manager to amend an existing contract with Pueblo Water Resources, Inc. (Pueblo) to authorize a maximum of $2,000 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) to continue to help District staff carry out MPWMD Rules and Regulations governing Water Distribution Systems (WDS), specifically in regards to hydrogeologic review of well pumping test reports and related tasks.  The $2,000 limit would be tracked as follows:


Program 2-8-2, “Hydrologic Impact Review,” with up to $2,000 as 100% reimbursable from applicants.


Exhibit 13-A is the proposed scope of work and cost estimate from Pueblo for FY 2017-2018.  The proposed $2,000 total limit is the same of that budgeted in FY 2016-2017, based on actual work performed in FY 2016-2017.   The hydrogeologic review will be primarily associated with Level 3 Permits under the current WDS rules.  The applicant must show that a Well (or other water source) will reliably meet the applicant’s needs, and will not adversely affect the Monterey Peninsula Water Resource System or Sensitive Environmental Receptors as defined in District Rule 11.


RECOMMENDATION:  Staff recommends that the Board authorize the General Manager to amend the current District professional services contract with Pueblo for a not-to-exceed amount of $2,000 for FY 2017-2018.  If this item is adopted along with the Consent Calendar, staff will execute a contract amendment with Pueblo.  Approval of this item will be contingent upon adoption of the FY 2017-2018 budget by the District Board.


BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION:  Pueblo has been retained since June 2006 to assist staff with WDS Permit processing on an as-needed basis.  All amounts are maximums; only actual hours of service are billed.  Invoiced hours submitted by consultants for review of each application are reimbursed by the applicant before the applicant receives the signed WDS Permit.

Pueblo’s rates are competitive with other consulting firms with experienced, registered hydrogeologists.  Pueblo is very knowledgeable about local hydrogeology and MPWMD procedures, and is considered to be cost-efficient for this work.  Pueblo also has contracts with the District for Aquifer Storage and Recovery tasks in the Seaside Groundwater Basin.   


Continued WDS applications are expected due to restrictions on the availability of California American Water supply for new construction and remodels.  Consultant assistance is essential to adequately process permit applications in compliance with the State Permit Streamlining Act and to help the Water Resources & Engineering Division address technical questions relating to the WDS process. 


IMPACT TO DISTRICT RESOURCES:  Pueblo’s technical work is directed by the MPWMD Water Resources & Engineering Manager/District Engineer, with logistics to be managed in the future by Water Demand Division staff as they take on responsibility for processing WDS Permits (currently performed by the Water Resources & Engineering Division).  Pueblo’s work product is used as evidence in preparing WDS Permit documents, including the required Findings of Approval.



13-A    Pueblo Water Resources Scope of Work and Fee Schedule for FY 2017-2018