IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM TUD
DON'T PUT WIPES IN THE PIPES
Although a package may be marked as “flushable”, that is not the case in most instances when it comes to traveling through a sewer system. The highly marketable premoistened personal wipes are causing problems for wastewater plant managers throughout the United States, including TUD’s Regional Wastewater Treatment facility in Sonora. Unlike toilet paper, which is usually made from natural or recycled cellulose fibers, a wet wipe may be made from cellulosic or synthetic fibers, depending on its intended use. Many studies have concluded that after 24 hours, most “flushable” wipes do not dissolve and remain in the sewer system. TUD would like to ask all of our sewer customers to avoid flushing any type of wipe, “flushable” or otherwise, down the toilet. This will prevent costly clogs and environmentally damaging overflows. Watch the informational video to the right for more information about this issue.
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.
Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) has scheduled its annual nighttime sanitary sewer collection system flushing program for the downtown Sonora area next week. Sanitary sewer flushing is a common maintenance activity used to improve pipe flow. While TUD maintenance crews are flushing, you may expect intermittent traffic delays in the downtown Sonora area between the hours […]
Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) will start its annual water pipeline flushing program in Sonora this week. To ensure water quality, the flushing of water lines occurs every year and will run through April 2019, weather permitting. The reason for the flushing is to clear out any sediment or minerals that may accumulate in pipes. TUD […]
Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) is partnering with the Tuolumne Rancheria Me-Wuk Fire Department on the Lyons-South Fork Watershed Resiliency Project. The Rancheria Fire Department (Rancheria) Tribal Fuels Crews plan to begin work Wednesday, November 28th on hand thinning along the Tuolumne Main Canal to increase forest health and protect adjacent communities. The Rancheria project work […]
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.CLICK HERE
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.CLICK HERE