County Board of Supervisors Presented with Treated Water System Optimization Plan

SONORA, CA: Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) will present an overview regarding the future of its treated water supply before the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors next
Tuesday, April 17th at 1:30pm at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in Sonora.

The TUD Board in 2009, directed District staff to proceed with the District’s Treated Water System Optimization Plan (TWSOP). The project goal is to develop a plan with a 20 year planning horizon that will provide clear direction to the District for a sustainable treated water system. Essentially the TWSOP is similar to a master plan for the treated water system that TUD operates and maintains. The TWSOP does not include the District’s raw water conveyance system nor the wastewater system. The plan will direct
improvements in infrastructure and facilities while creating long term cost reductions in operation and maintenance. This project is being presented to the Board of Supervisors due to its potential financial and future land use implications, depending upon which system improvement options are chosen for implementation. District Engineers are currently in the process of outlining detailed information on the TWSOP plan and will be presenting an update before the Board of Supervisors at the meeting next week.

“This plan will be used as a blueprint for making crucial decisions now and into the future for the District. By assessing all of or water treatment systems as a whole, rather than individually, including future needs and demands, the TWSOP plan is vital in outlining priority projects and costs,” states Pete Kampa, TUD’s General Manager.

The Tuolumne Utilities District currently serves over 44,000 Tuolumne County residents. The District currently owns and operates 14 water treatment plants, 81 treated water storage tanks, two wastewater treatment plants, approximately 57 miles of open ditches, 157 miles of sewer collection pipe and 330 miles of treated water pipeline.

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