City of Chino

Staff Report

Approve an agreement with RC Foster, Corp., Corona, CA in the amount of $611,399 for water treatment services for Well No. 16


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Budget String

Revenue: Expenditure: 5207300-48090-N7512 Transfer In: Transfer Out:



Effective January 1, 2018, the City will be required to monitor it’s potable water supply for 1,2,3 Trichloropropane (1,2,3 TCP) due to a State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water (DDW)-proposed regulation establishing a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 5 parts per trillion.


Currently, water quality data indicates that the groundwater produced by City wells contains 1,2,3 TCP in concentrations that requires treatment.  Existing City water treatment facilities are designed to remove certain constituents (e.g. nitrate) from the water, but they are not effective in removing 1,2,3 TCP.  The City relies heavily on its groundwater wells for its water supply.  Therefore, the City must undertake efforts to integrate additional treatment technology for the removal of 1,2,3 TCP from its groundwater supply to ensure the continued use of its wells.


The DDW has identified Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) as the best available technology for removing 1, 2, 3 TCP from groundwater sources.  Staff has located a local vendor with a mobile skid-mounted GAC treatment system that is available immediately, that can be installed and engineered prior to the January 1, 2018 deadline. 



Based on research performed by Public Works Staff one (1) GAC unit suitable for treating water produced by Well No. 16 is available from RC Foster, Corp., Corona CA.  Staff researched other local vendors that may have the technology available, and did not find other known vendors that could provide the equipment, and the installation immediately.  The anticipated time required to accomplish the installation of equipment at Well No. 16 is three (3) months, excluding any unforeseen circumstances.


The placement of this treatment equipment at the City's existing Well No. 16 water facility is categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), pursuant to CEQA guidelines Section 15301-Existing Facilities.


Therefore, it is staff’s recommendation that City Council award a single source contract to RC Foster, Corporation in the amount of $611,399 for water treatment services for Well No. 16 and further authorize $38,601 for extra ordinary work, for a potential total contract not to exceed $650,000. To ensure the continued preservation of the public’s health and welfare, this contract is being executed pursuant to the provisions of Chino Municipal Code Section 3.32.140.D as an urgent matter due to the State imposed timeline. The term of the contract is for one (1) year, beginning July 1, 2017, with the option to renew for two (2) additional one-year periods.



Meeting History

Jun 20, 2017 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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MOVER:Earl C. Elrod, Council Member
SECONDER:Tom Haughey, Mayor Pro Tem
AYES:Gary George, Eunice M. Ulloa, Tom Haughey, Earl C. Elrod