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Donner Water Co. plans to construct $1.3 million facility

DAN FOSCALINA

Donner Lake Water Co., plagued by a substandard filtration system, formally submitted a conditional use permit application to construct a $1.3 million water treatment facility.

Bill Gustavson, an engineer with Luhdorff and Scalmanini Consulting acting on behalf of the Donner Lake Water Co., submitted a conditional use permit application to town planners May 23.

The application calls for the demolition of two buildings at the intersection of Donner Pass Road and Donner Lake Road, and the subsequent construction of a 5,000-square-foot treatment building.

The application also calls for two new water storage tanks – one in Wolfe Estates on Old Highway 40 and one near the Donner Tract on the north side of Donner Lake – as well as a 648-square-foot pump station across from the treatment facility.

“The new water treatment facilities will replace current, inadequate facilities. The existing intake structure, pipeline and pumping facilities will be removed, and the existing buildings will be destroyed,” Gustavson said. “A new screened intake structure, pumping facilities, pipeline and building facilities will be constructed to meet or exceed all applicable standards.”

Gustavson said Donner Lake Water Co., which was purchased by Del Oro Water Co. in 1983, was cited in 1993 for non-compliance with the state’s surface water filtration and disinfection regulation. Since that time, however, Donner Lake Water Co. received authorization from the California Public Utilities Commission for the treatment facility upgrades, he added.

“The completion of this project will bring Donner Lake Water Co. into compliance with the (state regulation) and improve the quality of water for residents of the Donner Lake area,” he said.

Donner Lake Water Co.’s 1,200 customers were forced to endure a boil water notice for more than four months following the January floods. The company said it first issued the notice after the January storms resulted in inadequate treatment of the water entering the system from Donner Lake.

The boil water notice ended earlier this month.

Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook said the application is currently under review by the planning department and affected local agencies such as the Truckee Sanitary District, Truckee-Donner Public Utility District and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.

After conditions are determined and the environmental review is completed, public hearings will be scheduled, he said.


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