The South Tahoe Public Utility District is carrying out a wide range of upgrades that lower long-term costs, protect the environment and ensure long-term, quality service for your water, wastewater and recycled water systems. Most of South Lake Tahoe’s water and sewer system was built in the 1950s and 1960s. Much of this infrastructure needs to be upgraded, repaired or replaced. Additional investments are needed to extend the life cycle of these systems. The District is considering raising water and sewer rates.
Community-Wide Fire Flow
Wildfires present a danger to our life, property, community, and environment. While we have made significant progress installing fire hydrants and waterlines, much remains to be done in order to provide adequate fire flow throughout our entire service area.
More than 10 percent of our community lacks access to a fire hydrant that will provide adequate water to fight a fire. Replacing undersized, aging and sometimes leaking water pipes increases water supply and pressure to meet firefighting needs.
Sewer System Rehab and Replacement
To ensure there are no illegal and unacceptable sewer spills from the wastewater system, major upgrades are needed at the five largest sewer pump stations to extend their useful life. Additional investments are needed to repair and replace cracked sewer pipes and older parts of the treatment plant to keep the wastewater process running smoothly.
Upcoming Public Meetings
Find out how your water system is being improved to meet firefighting needs and what is being done to prevent sewer spills in Lake Tahoe. Come learn about the costs associated with future capital improvements and possible increases to water and sewer rates. All meetings will be held in South Tahoe Public Utility District’s Board Room at 1275 Meadow Crest Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.
- Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. – Find out the proposed rate structure associated with these capital improvements.
Additional opportunities to engage
- Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. – Board Workshop: Rate consultant presents updated rate study results to Board of Directors. Board will consider rate increases, and direct staff to issue Prop 218 notice and rate increase schedule.
- Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. – Board Meeting: Public Hearing to present rate increase protests. Board will adopt rates and budget.
The South Tahoe Public Utility District has been carrying out a wide range of upgrades that lower long-term costs, protect the environment and ensure long-term, quality service for your water, wastewater and recycled water systems. In 2014, the District’s Board of Directors approved a series of annual rate increases to help fund more than $50 million in critical improvements to your water, wastewater, and recycled water systems. Below are some of the results from your investments over the last five years.
Water System Upgrades Improve Fire Flow and Water Conservation
Fire Hydrants and Waterlines
More than 200 new fire hydrants and 23,000 feet of larger waterlines were installed to provide adequate fire flow throughout our community.
Water Meter Installations
More than 5,400 new water meters were installed with the final 2,000 to be completed in the next two years to meet the state’s mandate. Using water wisely reduces your bill, energy consumption, our carbon footprint, and the need to build new wells.
Wastewater System Improvements Protect Lake Tahoe and Sensitive Habitats
Wastewater Treatment Plant
Four vital treatment plant facilities were rehabilitated. This extends the life of these facilities for many decades and maintains the District’s 23 year record of meeting treatment requirements.
Fallen Leaf Lake
A series of sewer system improvements have been completed to reduce operating costs and the risk of sewage spills in this beautiful and sensitive area.
Upper Truckee Marsh
Encroaching river flows have been returned to their proper channels, thereby protecting the sewer collection system and reducing the risk of sewage spills into the marsh.
Recycled Water Improvements Protect the Environment and Lower Costs
The District exports all of our treated wastewater out of the Tahoe Basin to keep Lake Tahoe blue.
Luther Pass Pump Station
This station pumps an average of 3.9 million gallons of recycled water per day over Luther Pass and has been in continuous operation since 1968. Pump upgrades, new high-efficiency motors, and new electrical and control gears were completed to increase the reliability and efficiency of this critical pump station.
The new irrigation and energy recovery facility is producing alfalfa and enough hydro-electricity to power 55 homes (see picture).
February 7, 2019 Public Workshop Presentation: Find out what costs are associated with future capital improvements and how this may impact your rates.
January 17, 2019 Board Workshop: Rate consultant presents initial results of rate study to the Board of Directors and seeks directions and changes to incorporate into the rate study.
December 20, 2018 Public Workshop Presentation: Find out what has been accomplished over the last five years and what capital improvements are still needed.
South Tahoe Public Utility District
Water and Sewer System Improvements
Public Workshop - December 20, 2018
John Thiel, PE, MBA