By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Needles City Manager Rick Daniels (Information):
Needles, California: The City of Needles held a ground breaking ceremony for their new Water Wall #16 on Thursday, February 17th, 2022.
The new Water Wall #16 is being placed on the east side of the Murl Shaver Substation off Needles Highway.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels welcomed attendees and spoke during the ground breaking ceremony.
According to the City of Needles, the City has had one operating water well for 3 years, and that only water well in operation went out during the summer 2021.
The NPUA along with the City Council adopted an Emergency Declaration due the extreme vulnerability of the City’s Water system, and the City of Needles began immediately working with the State Water Resources Control Board to secure funding.
According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, on August 23rd, 2021 the City of Needles received an official addendum to proceed with groundwork and incur costs to install the new Water Wall #16.
The City of Needles received $1.9 million dollars from the State of California State Water Resources Control Board to complete the project, and the engineer developed a site plan and specifications.
Later, the City of Needles secured an environmental exemption to place the new Water Wall #16 on the Mural Shaver Substation parcel.
The final approval for phase I of the California Water Resources Control Board grant for the new water well was received.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels thanked contractors Layne Christensen and Phillips Construction, Engineers TKE and Hydrologist Southwest Groundwater for the endless hours working to design this new water water.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels also thanked all the City Staff at the City of Needles who have worked tirelessly towards ensure this project gets completed, as well as thanked Pete Stamas with the State Water Resource Control Board for seeing the City’s need and funding the project.