Truckee-Donner Public Utility seeks Donner Lake water |

Truckee-Donner Public Utility seeks Donner Lake water

At an Aug. 2 meeting, the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District announced it will pursue plans to acquire Donner Lake Water Company by purchasing the company or through condemnation.

“After hearing pleas from Donner Lake residents the board decided to proceed with the water system rehabilitation plan,” board president Ronald Hemig said.

Donner Lake residents have been under a boil water notice since June 22 after the California Department of Health Services determined low pressures and water outages greatly increase the possibility that the water system could become contaminated and cause illness.

To help restore pressure to the system the California Public Utilities Commission approved a mandatory conservation and rationing plan for residents on Aug. 3.

“The bottom line is the ratepayers are the driving force in the this issue,” Hemig said. “They are pleading that we get involved.”

The Truckee Donner PUD met last night to “discuss the status of staff evaluation of Donner Lake Water issues.”

Town Council had planned to review the appeal filed by Donner Lake Village over the location of the proposed water treatment plant at their last meeting, but moved the meeting to Aug. 31.

Town Planner Duane Hall said the meeting was postponed because the town was not able to meet the noticing required by Aug. 10.

“We are required to give 10 days notice of the public hearing for the appeal and we weren’t able to make that deadline,” he said.

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