Alternative Water Source Analysis and Development

Currently the community of Sierraville is served by one spring located on National Forest Land. SPUD would not be able to meet health and safety needs of the community if the single source of water was contaminated; ran dry; lost due to curtailment or water rights issues or damaged or destroyed in a natural disaster.
SPUD has been directed to research and develop an alternative water source. We know we have adjudicated rights to Webber Creek water; but no means to filter; pump and deliver the water. There may also be potential for development of a well somewhere in the vicinity.

Phase 1. Hire a consultant to research options and requirements for development of each option. The consultant will identify and explore potential sources including an assessment of volume of water to be produced; quality of water; water rights implications and infrastructure requirements. The study will focus on using adjudicated water rights held by the district referenced in the Sierra Valley Decree of 1940 and developing wells in compliance with the local ground water district.

Phase 2. Implement the best option recommended by the consultant. Design and construct. Initiate design; engineering; determine cost and schedule; select contractors and construct the facilities.

Development of alternative or complementary sources of domestic water will ensure that service would not be interrupted if there is curtailment of use from springs or if the springs stop producing adequate water or if there is damage or destruction of springs.
Sponsoring Agency
Sierraville Public Utility District
Primary Contact
Nanci Davis
Contact Email
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Matching Funds
None listed
Total Cost
DAC Benefit
Project Category
Municipal Services
DWR Resource Management Strategies
Drinking water treatment and distribution, Urban water use efficiency
Project Objectives
Address economic challenges of agricultural producers, 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, 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, Work with counties/communities/groups to maintain capacity for water-related projects, Work with DWR to develop strategies and actions for the operation of SWP facilities
Project Status
Potential Benefits
Assist the region in adapting to effects of climate change, Disadvantaged Communities, Drought Preparedness
Project Owner

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