Moving towards bringing the Artesian Spring Water Company to town, McCloud Community Services District directors chose a firm during Monday night’s regular meeting to prepare the environmental documents in connection with a possible agreement for sale and purchase of water.

Of the two proposals received for an Initial Study and Negative Declaration/Mitigated Declaration, the CSD board approved the one from Diaz Associates Land Use and Environmental Planning.

Sixteen engineering firms were contacted with a Request for Proposal for the study; only two were submitted, according to the CSD.

McCloud Artesian Spring Water Company had recommended acceptance of the Diaz proposal.

The firm is needed for the preparation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents necessary to execute a contract between the District and the McCloud Artesian Spring Water Company, LLC.

The study includes assessing McCloud’s historic redwood pipeline, physical inspections during the stages of replacing and upgrading the existing 60 year old water pipeline with 5,800 linear feet of 18-inch ductile iron pipe and monitoring water supplies.

The report will include on-site inspections, cultural, biological and hydrological studies.

McCloud Artesian Spring Water Company is paying all costs for CEQA compliance and has indicated its wants the most extensive reporting required.