Public Utility District plans hearing on Donner Lake |

Public Utility District plans hearing on Donner Lake

The Truckee Donner Public Utility District will hold a public hearing regarding the environmental impact of plans for replacing pipelines and the construction of a water treatment facility at Donner Lake Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the utility district board room at 7 p.m.

“If we get any response at all I suspect it will be on the treatment plant, or the site of the treatment plant,” said Peter Holzmeister, general manager of the utility district.

The utility district plans to build the treatment plant at a different location than Del Oro Water Company, the current purveyor of the water system at Donner Lake. The utility district plans to build the facility at the Del Oro office on Donner Pass Road.

“Our plant is different; it is smaller. It could literally fit within the existing office [building],” Holzmeister said.

The utility district has been investigating plans to acquire the Donner Lake Water System after some residents asked the utility district board to take over the system.

Donner Lake water customers have been under a water emergency declaration and boil water notice since June, when the California Department of Health Services declared low water pressure and water outages increased the risk the system could become contaminated and cause illness.

Currently, the water from Donner Lake receives no filtration and is disinfected by doses of chlorine.

“The fact that the building is already there may not impose any change on the environment,” Holzmeister said.

Whether or not the location of the building is within the Gregory Creek flood plain, an issue that eventually led to the requirement of an Environmental Impact Report for plans by Donner Lake Water Company, remains to be seen.

“That whole issue of the EIR and the conflicting hydrologic reports has not been resolved yet,” said Town Engineer Dan Wilkins.

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