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Public Advised to NOT Flush Disinfecting Wipes, Paper Towels Down Toilet – Throw Them Away Instead

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Wipes are among the leading causes of sewer system backups, impacting sewer system and treatment plant pumps and treatment systems. Many spills go to our lakes, rivers, and oceans where they have broad ranging impacts on public-health and the environment. Preventing sewer spills is important, especially during this COVID-19 emergency, for the protection of public health and the environment. 

Please do not flush disinfectant wipes or paper towels down the toilet.

Announcement from the State Water Resources Control Board

While the State Water Board and other public agencies encourage Californians to follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important to discard those items in the trash, not the toilet.

Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatment throughout the state.

Wastewater treatment facilities around the state already are reporting issues with their sewer management collection systems. These facilities are asking state residents to not discard wipes in the toilet, but instead to throw them in the trash to avoid backups and overflow. A majority of urban centers are on centralized sewage collection systems depend on gravity and enough water flow to move along human waste and biodegrable toilet paper. The systems were not designed for individual nylon wipes and paper towels. The wipes and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper, and therefore clog systems very quickly.

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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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Mono Vista Tank Replacement Project Update

Tuolumne Utilities District is excited to announce that the Mono Vista Tank Replacement Project is near completion and the new tank is online and operational.  The project entailed the demolition of the existing Mono Vista Tanks #1 and #2 and the construction of a new 400,000‑gallon bolted steel tank.  The new tank is unique in […]

Phoenix Lake Project Update – 6/24/2020

PHOENIX LAKE PROJECT UPDATE – 6/24/2020 After many years of meetings and careful planning, TUD is excited to announce that the Phoenix Lake Preservation and Restoration Project (Project) is finally underway! The District was awarded grant funding from the Tuolumne-Stanislaus Integrated Regional Water Management Authority  (T-S IRWMA). In May 2020, the Board of Directors awarded […]

Traffic Advisory for Phoenix Lake Road

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020: Tuolumne Utilities District construction crews will be replacing a water main pipeline on Phoenix Lake Road starting today, Monday, June 15th on Phoenix Lake Road. Traffic controls will be in place on Phoenix Lake Road at Expedition Drive from 7:30am to 4pm on Monday, June 15th to Wednesday, June 17, 2020. […]

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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.

Fri 03

Office Closed – Observance of 4th of July

July 3 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue 14

Regular Board Meeting

July 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue 28

Regular Board Meeting

July 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

TUD Board Awards Construction Contract for the Phoenix Lake Project

The Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD or District) Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 5th awarded a $4.1 million contract to Steve Manning Construction, Inc. (SMC) for the construction of the Phoenix Lake Preservation and Restoration Project. The Board unanimously supported the contract approval at a Special Board meeting held May 5th via a publicly accessible [...]
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Mono Vista Tank Replacement Project Update

Construction of the Mono Vista Tank Replacement Project is currently in progress. The TUD  Board of Directors awarded the project in June 2019 to Njirich & Sons, Inc., a local contractor, in the amount of $811,993.17. Underground work was completed a few months ago, including the installation of two check valves and the tank inlet [...]
7 May, 2020 Read More

Mono Vista Tank Replacement Project

The Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) is excited to announce the construction of a new water storage tank as part of the Mono Vista Tank Replacement Project.  The existing 400,000 gallon Mono Vista Water Tank in Sonora is in poor condition with severe corrosion on the interior of the tank. The roof of the tank has [...]
1 Oct, 2019 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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