Projects under Public Review

The Authority notifies the general public, responsible agencies, and special interest groups of proposed projects, programs, or activities subject to public review and comment, per CEQA, by doing the following:

• Posting notices in local newspapers, Authority website, and social media (e.g. Facebook and Twitter)
• Discussing any ongoing environmental review at public Governing Board meetings and hearings
• Filing notices and environmental documents with the County Clerk and/or the California Office of Planning and Research
• Distributing hard and/or digital copies of environmental documents to local libraries, regulatory agencies, and various interested parties 

Central-Wheeler Tank and Systems Improvement Project
Sweetwater Authority proposes to construct a new 0.8 million gallon (MG) water storage tank and associated conveyance pipelines near Sweetwater Reservoir. The 2015 Water Distribution System Master Plan evaluated Sweetwater Authority’s transmission, pumping, storage and distribution network and made recommendations to meet anticipated demands through the year 2040. The current requirement to satisfy maximum day and fire protection water demands in the Wheeler Pressure Zone is 0.60 million gallons per day (MGD) and the projected demand is 0.84 MGD by 2040. The existing Wheeler Tank was constructed in 1952 and has an operating storage capacity of 0.36 MG, but operates at a reduced capacity of 0.25 MG since the tank does not meet structural stability requirements for seismic activity. The proposed Project would improve reliability of the water distribution system in the current Wheeler Pressure Zone and a portion of the Gravity Pressure Zone by allowing Sweetwater Authority to meet anticipated maximum day and fire protection demands through the year 2040. The project would involve construction of a new 0.8 MG welded steel water storage tank (Central-Wheeler Tank) near a hillside in an undeveloped portion of land owned by SWA and construction of associated water drainage and conveyance pipelines to improve reliability of water distribution within Sweetwater Authority’s Wheeler Pressure Zone and a portion of the Gravity Pressure Zone. Project facilities would occur within public rights-of-way, within property currently owned by Sweetwater Authority, or easements to be acquired by Sweetwater Authority.

A digital copy of the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration can be accessed in the link below:
Central-Wheeler Tank Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (PDF)
Central-Wheeler Tank Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration (PDF)

Public Review Period: Sweetwater Authority is soliciting comments from the public about the proposed Central-Wheeler Tank and Systems Improvement Project. The 30-day public review period for the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration of the proposed project begins January 5, 2021, and ends February 4, 2021. Comments on the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 4, 2021. The public and interested parties are invited to comment on the proposed project, and submit written comments to Erick Del Bosque at 505 Garret Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910, or by email at edelbosque@sweetwater.org

Questions?

The Authority’s environmental staff can be contacted at environmental@sweetwater.org for any questions on these documents or environmental review process.