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When Cooking – Remember to Trap the Grease!

With the fall and winter holidays approaching, many Tuolumne County residents will be busy cooking in their kitchens.  To avoid potential plumbing and sewer problems, Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) would like to remind residents how to properly dispose of fats, oils and grease. Sewer blockages can cause backups into homes resulting in an unpleasant mess that can cost hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to clean up. 

Listed below are safe disposal tips of waste fats, oil and grease to help you avoid a plumbing emergency:

  • Avoid pouring fats or vegetable cooking oils down the drain because liquid fats solidfy in the pipes and create clogs.
  • After grease has cooled, scrape the grease into a container with a tight-fitting lid. Solidify in the refrigerator before putting it in the trash.
  • Never put hard to grind items in your garbage disposal, including poultry skins, egg shells, carrots, potato skins, celery, pumpkin pulp, banana peels or pasta.

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TUD strives for excellence in customer service. A dedicated staff provides a wide range of services including assisting our customers with all water and wastewater service related issues, changes regarding your account, billing, payment processing and water use efficiency.

Annual Water Quality Report

Tuolumne Utilities District has released its Annual Water Quality Report (also known as the Consumer Confidence Report) covering all testing of treated drinking water performed from January 1st through December 31, 2019. The water quality report covers the 11 water service areas the District serves, 11 surface water treatment plants, and 12 active wells. 

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Thank you for your interest in working for Tuolumne Utilities District. The District is committed to employing and retaining a high quality, motivated workforce dedicated to delivering high-quality services to the community.

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The Board of Directors establishes policies for the operation of the District. The public is encouraged and invited to attend the regularly scheduled District Board meetings which occur at 2pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

Financials

The District views the budget as an essential tool for proper financial management. The budgets are developed with input from the various department levels of the TUD organization.

Development Services

Our Engineering department would be glad to assist you on new water or sewer service at TUD, new development or other services. 

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“Trap the Grease” While Cooking This Thanksgiving!

The Thanksgiving holiday next week will have many Tuolumne County residents busy cooking in their kitchens. To avoid potential plumbing and sewer problems, Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) would like to urge residents how to properly dispose of fats, oils and grease. Sewer blockages can cause backups into homes resulting in an unpleasant mess that can […]

Traffic Advisory for South Washington Street, Sonora

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD: Tuolumne Utilities District construction crews will be making an emergency sewer pipeline repair at 395 So. Washington Street by Day-O Espresso and the intersection of William Street today, Tuesday, November 3rd and Wednesday, November 4th from 8am to 3pm. A traffic detour will be in place on William Street.  Please drive with […]

Board Directors

TUD is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected at large. The Board of Directors establishes policies for the operation of the District.

Board Vision & Goals

The Board of Directors meet annually to set Strategic Goals, Vision, Plan and Execution for the District.

Agenda, Minutes & Video

TUD Board of Director meetings can be viewed LIVE by simply connecting through the internet. Or to find out more about the TUD Board meetings – including Agenda, Minutes or Video any time.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

The Board of Directors establishes policies for the operation of the District. The public is encouraged and invited to attend the regularly scheduled District Board meetings which occur at 2pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

Tue 08

Regular Board Meeting

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue 22

WATER SERVICES

Approximately 95% of the water the District distributes originates from the South Fork Stanislaus River and is impounded in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Lyons and Pinecrest Reservoirs. PG&E owns and operates a canal and flume system to convey water from Lyons Reservoir to the Phoenix Powerhouse. The District owns and operates a total of 71 miles of ditch, flume, pipe, and tunnel infrastructure that diverts water from the PG&E system at various locations. The majority of TUD customers reside in or near the community of Sonora which is at about elevation 2,000 feet elevation. TUD also serves customers in several communities to the east up to about elevation 6,000 feet elevation past Sierra Village.

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SEWER SERVICES

The District utilizes approximately 140 miles of sewer pipeline to collect between 400-500 million gallons of sewage per year. The Sonora Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant was constructed in the late 1970’s along with a network of sewer trunk lines to collect sewage from the surrounding areas of Columbia, East Sonora, Mono Village, Mono Vista, Ranchos Poquitos, Soulsbyville, Twain Harte, and Willow Springs. Also in the late 1970’s, a regional reclamation system was constructed that allows for the reuse of the treated sewer effluent for irrigation on pasture lands outside of the community of Jamestown. The overall sewer system directly serves approximately 6,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

Crystal Falls Techite Pipeline Replacement Project is Underway

The Crystal Falls Techite Pipeline Replacement project has begun. Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) personnel respond to mainline breaks multiple times each year on the segment of Techite pipeline from the Crystal Falls Water Treatment Plant to Middle Camp Road. This pipe segment functions as a transmission water main serving thousands of downstream customers. Techite pipe [...]
17 Nov, 2020 Read More

Riddle Tank and Pump Station Consolidation Project Completed

Tuolumne Utilities District hired local contractor Sierra Mountain Construction Inc. (SMCI) of Sonora in September to complete the Riddle Tank and Pump Station Consolidation project. The project was identified in this year’s TUD Capital Improvement Plan to increase water reliability in the area.  The steel bolted Riddle Tank in Sugar Pine, originally put into service [...]
30 Oct, 2020 Read More

Gopher Tank Replacement Project Update – September 3, 2020

UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 General Contractor: Njirich & Sons, Inc. Tank Manufacturer: Crosno Construction, Inc. Funding Source: Community Development Block Grant Construction Status: Under Construction Projected Project Completion Date: October 2020 The Gopher Tank Replacement Project is identified in the Tuolumne Utilities District’s Capital Improvement Plan, adopted by the Board of Directors in June [...]
3 Sep, 2020 Read More

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TUD Closes Office and Board Chambers Due to COVID-19

In an effort to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19, Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) office and Board Chambers are closed until further notice. TUD staff remains available to assist customers via telephone or email at customersvc@tudwater.com. Customers may experience additional wait times, we thank you for your patience. Click here for information about how to contact TUD.

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