Because of your efforts we’re able to allow for some landscape watering starting this coming week.
A huge thank you also to Kris Hartnett, one of our directors; past-president, Steve Martin; and Buck McLelland, our operator, for their efforts in keeping things flowing. Be sure to say thanks or buy them a beer when you see ’em!
For a copy of these guidelines, a better understanding of the details behind this change, and other information, like contact numbers for questions, please go to our Important Documents page and download a copy of our Fire Related Mandatory Conservation Plan (under “Notices and Forms”).
Copies of the plan are also available at the Markleeville Post Office.
Stay safe, stay aware and keep conserving!
Your MWC Team
Ps. Big kudos and thanks to those Members who joined us yesterday at our Board Meeting. Your interest and participation is MUCH APPRECIATED!
Due to the fire we are severely restricted in the amount of water we can produce daily. We can currently reliably produce approximately 35,000 gallons of water daily and it must be “spread around” as much as possible. Normal summer months’ daily use is 110,000 to 120,000 gallons.
Because we can provide for only the minimum domestic usage, the following water use restrictions are enacted July 24, 2021 and remain in effect until further notice.
You may use the water for domestic indoor-use only!
For drinking – Note that Marklee Village is under a boil-water notice. Read this post for more information.
For washing – Please be water-wise when taking a shower or doing laundry
To flush toilets – Please flush sparingly.
The following are prohibited uses:
Washing structures – even those sprayed with fire-retardant
Washing cars or RVs
Irrigation/Landscape watering of any kind – this includes automatic sprinklers and drip-irrigation systems
Filling pools or outdoor ponds.
When you return home, whether by escort or permanently, turn off automated landscape sprinklers; check all indoor and outdoor fixtures for leaks, and repair any that you may find.
We are doing all we can to restore our system to normal, but due to the fire, we are severely hampered.
We ask for your patience as we, and you, work to get back to some semblance of normal after/during the devastation caused by the fire.
We will communicate changes as conditions improve. Continue to check back here for the latest information.
If you have an automatic sprinkler system we ask that when you have access to your property you turn it off.
This includes battery or generator powered systems.
No outside water use is allowed as we need to replenish our storage tanks.
This is a health and safety issue.
So whether you have a battery operated valve at your hose bibb that turns on your hose or sprinklers, or a generator that is operating while you are evacuated AND that generator is powering your automatic sprinkler system, please call Mary Young at 530-400-1849 and we will get someone to turn either, or both, off.
Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable. Tradúzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.
BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING
Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.
Due to the recent power outage due to the Tamarack Fire, the California Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Alpine County Health Department, and the Markleeville Water Company, are advising residents of Marklee Village and Thornburg Subdivisions to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
We will inform you when tests show that the water is safe to drink and you no longer need to boil your water.
Our Operator, Buck McLelland, has been on site or close-by since yesterday. He reports that as of this a.m. the plant is still intact, and the tanks did not burn. The power poles to the plant, however, did burn.
The Musser and Jarvis watershed has been impacted so we cannot treat surface water currently. Most likely this will be the case for awhile. We are producing water from our two (2) wells, however.
The state has been notified.
We will continue to provide updates as we can.
Stay safe and please stay out of the area so emergency personnel can do their job.
Thank you for helping get us this far into a summer of record drought!
Stream flows, our main water source, are rapidly declining. This means even deeper reductions in outdoor water use may be coming soon. The MWC Board won’t impose them a day sooner than they’re needed. But on that day, you will find a notice on your front door and the reductions in outdoor water use it calls for will be mandatory. This post is to let you know ahead of time.
Adhering to the existing water conservation guidelines may help delay or prevent additional restrictions.
If imposed, reductions will be mandatory. They will conform to the MWC Bylaws, and penalties for noncompliance will be applied according to the Bylaws.
A letter has been sent to Corporation members along with the July water bill with more information on water use restrictions.