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Our View: Drink up, Donner Lake

Is it really over?

“The Donner Lake Water Crisis” has been a part of Truckee residents’ lives for nearly a year now, since the infamous boil water order was announced last June.

Here in the Sierra Sun, we’ve run several dozen stories dealing with the issue, with the parties and personalities involved, the endless legal maneuvering and reams of paperwork and documentation.

At times, it seemed like the situation would never end, that no resolution would ever be reached.

But the Donner Lake Water Co. has finally given up, and waived all contesting of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District’s condemnation of the lake’s decrepit system.

While clean water won’t start pouring out of lake residents’ faucets tomorrow, an end is clearly in sight. There are permits and further funding the TDPUD must obtain before they can begin replacing the water system, but the major roadblocks are – hopefully – gone.

Emilie Kashtan and Kathy Kessler have been deservedly noticed in publications including the Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee for their noble work toward this goal. Their hours of labor and close consultation with our reporters as we strived to adequately cover this complex story has been greatly appreciated. They have proved that two people can “fight the system” and make a difference.

But dozens of other people also deserve praise for their work in helping Donner Lake, far too many to list here. The entire process, while often maddeningly protracted, shows that real change can be effected by everyday people.

Congratulations to the people of Donner Lake, and all those who’ve stood up for them these past 12 months.

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