The council selected a new firm to start the process over, which was already 60 percent complete before the plug was pulled.
A variety of factors led to the city calling it quits said City Manager Rod Butler.
The change was necessary because of new laws in effect that govern the amount of allowable Chromium 6 industrial waste in the groundwater and changes in climate due to drought conditions, he said.
The council approved a $526,000 proposal by RMC Water and Environmental, a water consultant specialist, to conduct a new master plan, an urban water management plan and a groundwater recharge study.
According to Butler, the master plans are needed to implement the city’s 2010 General Plan update.
In a staff report, Butler noted that water studies were critical to economic development in Patterson at a time when market conditions are turning favorable.
The master plan for water is expected to be completed in the next 12 months. The other studies will be completed immediately following the master plan.
Nick Rappley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 209-568-9975.