High Elevation Water Tank & Well

Phase 1: Construction of a new water storage tank at an elevation of 5670? to ensure a positive supply of domestic water distributed via gravity flow to all locations in the service area. The current domestic water system relies on two 125;000-gallon tanks at an elevation of 5170?; which is insufficient to provide water pressure to roughly 32% of properties; currently served by multiple booster pumps stations only.

Phase 2: Drilling a high altitude well to service the new tank. Lower altitude existing wells and the limited distribution system are insufficient to meet long term community requirements. Drought conditions; compounded by the hard rock geology; limit the groundwater supply even in wet years. Existing wells were originally rated at capacities over two times their current output. The new well combined with the new tank and associated distribution lines will help provide a sufficient and reliable water system to meet all community requirements.

Domestic Water Reliability - This project will increase the reliability and efficiency of the CSD?s domestic water system. The current system; installed by the original bankrupt developer; is insufficient to meet community demands; and due to the need to pump water to a large segment of the community; the system is complex; costly to maintain; and at times unreliable during peak use.

Emergency Water Supply - The project will provide for a viable water supply for structural firefighting and wild land fire suppression through much of the communities hydrant systems that currently rely on booster pump pressure.

Water conservation ? The current pressurized system is prone to increase severity of water loss due to leaks. Booster pumps do not efficiently provide consistent pressure to the system and cause parts of the system to be unnecessarily prone to under/over-pressurization and increase the occurrence of leaks and pressure losses.
Sponsoring Agency
Gold Mountain Community Service District (GM CSD)
Primary Contact
Ivan Gossage; General Manager
Contact Email
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DAC Benefit
Supplemental Information
While the primary objectives of this project is are to improve the ability of the CSD to reliably and efficiently deliver domestic water; secondary benefits include increased emergency water capacity and reliability as well as improved overall water conservation.
Project Category
Municipal Services
DWR Resource Management Strategies
Conjunctive management, Conveyance - regional/local, Drinking water treatment and distribution, Groundwater remediation/aquifer remediation, Outreach and engagement, Recharge area protection, Surface storage - regional/local, System reoperation, Urban water use efficiency
Project Objectives
Address economic challenges of municipal service providers to serve customers, Address water resources and wastewater needs of DACs and Native Americans, Build communication and collaboration among water resources stakeholders, Coordinate management of recharge areas and protect groundwater, Effectively address climate change adaptation and/or mitigation in water resources management, Encourage municipal service providers to participate in regional water management actions, Enhance public awareness and understanding of water management issues and needs, Improve coordination of land use and water resources planning, Improve efficiency and reliability of water supply and infrastructure, Maximize agricultural, environmental, and municipal water use efficiency, Protect, restore, and enhance the quality of surface and groundwater resources, Reduce potential for catastrophic wildland fires in the region, Restore natural hydrologic functions, Work with counties/communities/groups to maintain capacity for water-related projects
Project Status
Final Design
Potential Benefits
Assist the region in adapting to effects of climate change, Disadvantaged Communities, Drought Preparedness, Environmental Justice
Project Owner

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