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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, 2017. 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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TUD CLOSES BUSINESS CENTER LOBBY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE; OPTIONS REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR CUSTOMERS NEEDING SERVICE

TUD Business Center Lobby Closed SONORA, CA: In an effort to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19, Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD or District) announced today that it is closing its business center lobby until further notice. TUD staff remains available to assist customers via telephone or electronic mail (e-mail). Contact Customer Service at (209) 532-5536 […]

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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.

Apr 14

Regular Board Meeting

April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Apr 28

Regular Board Meeting

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
May 12

Regular Board Meeting

May 12 @ 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

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 [...]
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Jamestown Water Tank Project Completed

Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD/District) is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 10th  at 11am to celebrate the completion of the Jamestown Water Tank Project.     The newly constructed Jamestown Water Tank replaces the former Jamestown Reservoir, a 1-million gallon underground reservoir originally constructed in 1937 that suffered from structural concrete cracking and a [...]
25 Sep, 2019 Read More
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O’Neil Tunnel Improvements Project

Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) has started the O’Neil Tunnel Improvements Project with improvements to the O’Neil Tunnel, which is located on the historic 1852 Table Mountain Ditch, one of thirteen ditch conveyance systems the District operates. The O’Neil tunnel is located at the end of the Table Mountain Ditch at O’Neil Reservoir near Jamestown.  The [...]
5 Aug, 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.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 and your drinking water supply.