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While Placer County has many modern, state-of-the-art water systems, there are many rural areas of the county that remain unserved and underserved when it comes to water supplies.
Identifying and documenting the needs of these areas is an enormous task now being undertaken by the Placer County Water Agency. PCWA is the county’s largest water supplier and also its water resource planning agency.
In a presentation Thursday (Oct. 17) to the PCWA Board of Directors, Deputy Director of Technical Services Brent Smith said there are 135 separate water systems now in use in Placer County, 100 of which are publicly-operated and 35 of which are privately-operated.
“These systems are located primarily in the Lake Tahoe Basin and along the Interstate 80 corridor but are found throughout the county,” Smith said.
“Old and aging water infrastructure and lack of adequate emergency water storage are common in the smaller systems,” Smith said. “Some of the smaller systems are operated by volunteer residents who would like to retire. Many systems are struggling to find new residents willing to take over operations and maintenance,” he noted.
Studies of the small systems are part of PCWA’s ongoing effort to develop a countywide water system master plan. The plan is a long-term effort to improve water reliability in underserved areas and to evaluate the feasibility and costs to extend water service to areas that are unserved, including those far from existing water systems and those with problem wells.
The next regular meeting of the PCWA Board of Directors will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the PCWA Business Center, 144 Ferguson Road, in Auburn. PCWA board meetings are open to the public.
PCWA information is also posted at www.pcwa.net.