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District seeking safe water for Nile Garden use

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POSTED January 19, 2013 1:25 a.m.

With arsenic content exceeding safe drinking water levels at Nile Garden Elementary well waters, the school site has been relying on potable water being supplied by a service provider.

But a $480,000 feasibility-study grant from the California Department of Public Health may help the school to meet safe drinking water needs. That grant, approved in 2011 when the application was submitted to the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, is now being proposed to be used to start the long process of providing Nile Garden safe drinking water.

The Board of Trustees, at their Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting at 7 p.m., will consider approving the engineering services of NV5, or Nolte VerticalFive, to conduct the feasibility study scope of work necessary to get the safe-drinking water project started.

The district is required to utilize the services of licensed professionals to get the feasibility study under way. Only Nolte VerticalFive, of the three San Joaquin Valley firms from which proposals were solicited, submitted a response to the request. NV5’s proposal was considered thorough and met all proposal requests. However, to make NV5’s selection official, the board has to put its stamp of approval on the staff’s recommendation.

The scope of work under the feasibility study will include: “preliminary evaluation of the water supply, analysis of all available alternatives to meeting safe drinking water needs (including connecting to public utility supply), analysis of operation and maintenance costs for each alternative, development of test well drilling specifications, CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) compliance, hydrological investigation, test well drilling construction oversight, and water quality evaluation.”

The amount for NV5’s proposal is $205,000 with the actual fees to be determined on a “time and material” basis, not to exceed that total.

Nile Garden School, located in rural south Manteca surrounded by agricultural lands, has historically used well water for its irrigation and domestic water supply.

In other agenda items, the board will:

•    Consider, discuss and then give direction to staff regarding the display of board member’s pictures at MUSD’s school sites, per the request of a board member.

• Consider the appointment of Susan Patnaude, the parent of a school district student, to the Measure M Citizen’s Oversight Committee.

• Consider approving the request to waive 20 credits in Physical Education from the high school graduation requirements for a Lathrop High School student.

• Consider authorizing to classify as surplus, and to demolish, two 30x32 portable classrooms at the District Office complex.

• Consider, and give authorization to, the disposal of obsolete equipment and meterials.

The Manteca Unified district office is at 2271 W. Louise Avenue in Manteca.

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