Residents to pay for connection
Homeowners on Beaver Street in Kings Beach must pay to reconstruct private water laterals connecting to a new water main.
On Tuesday, directors for the North Tahoe Public Utility District denied a request for financial assistance from affected property owners.
The district’s policy states that the cost for any water line construction on a homeowner’s property is their individual responsibility. The district pays for the construction from the street up to the property line.
At their meeting Tuesday, the directors voted unanimously to enforce existing policy, placing the financial burden to hook up to the new water main on Beaver Street’s 28 property owners.
“We have policies and procedures that we’re trying to implement to be fair to everyone,” said board Director Jeff Lanini. “We’re not trying to be punitive.”
“Everybody in this district shares the cost for improvement in the road,” said board President Lane Lewis.
The rest of the district’s constituents should not have to pay for individual projects, Lanini said later in a phone interview.
Due to Beaver Street’s rocky terrain, the 28 homeowners face installation costs ranging from $3,000 to $10,000, since cutting through the rock is expensive.
Due to an aging water system that was built in residential back yards instead of the street, the district is looking to rebuild $8 million to $10 million in new pipelines throughout the Kings Beach grid in the next 10 years.
Because the new water mains will be located on the street-side of the property, the district will abandon the former back-yard easements, said General Manager Steve Rogers.
The district will provide technical support for homeowners to help ease the construction process.