E. Placer Co. water suppliers receive grants | SierraSun.com

E. Placer Co. water suppliers receive grants

The Placer County Water Agency awarded planning and resource development grants to three Tahoe-area agencies Thursday.

The Squaw Valley Public Service District was granted $35,000 toward the drilling of two test wells for its aquifer storage and recovery project. The project works by pumping high-quality water into the groundwater basin in the Squaw Valley meadow, which has lower-quality water. The clean water displaces the mineral-filled water, creating a buffer zone of mixed water that, along with bedrock below and clay deposits above, acts as a natural storage tank, holding the high-quality water in place.

The stored water would then be extracted for use during drier conditions in the late summer and fall.

Squaw Valley Public Service District General Manager Rick Lierman said he expects the wells will be drilled this winter.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District received a $25,000 grant toward the instillation of 200 electronic-read water meters.

The Northstar Community Services District was awarded a $35,000 grant toward expansion and improvement of the supervisory control and data acquisition system used for a water system monitoring and control.

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