Automatic Sprinkler System at Your Home or Business? – Please Turn it Off

Hello members!

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.

Thank you and stay safe!

Boil Water Notice

Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable. Tradúzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.


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. 

Markleeville Water Company’s Current Status

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. 

Deeper Reductions in Outdoor Water Use May Be Coming Soon

Hello Markleeville Water Company Members

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.  

The current water conservation standards and a copy of the letter can be found on our Important Documents page.

Water – It’s a Serious Subject! Especially this Summer

As you can see from the above image, we’re way below normal this year in terms of snow water equivalent.

You should have recently received our Water Use Rules and Guidelines, as a reminder to conserve, and most importantly as a reminder that we’re all in it together. 

Your Board of Directors has had several conversations about our “water-present,” and future, and continues to discuss the subject and plan accordingly.

Members are encouraged to join the discussion, attend meetings and provide input. Please see our previous post for upcoming meeting dates and times and how you can participate. 

In the meantime, we appreciate your water-conservation help.

It’s up to all of us to do the little things, and be good water stewards!

Upcoming Meeting Schedule – Including the Annual Meeting. Members Encouraged to Attend!

Hello MWC Members!

As many of you know, over the last many months, your Board of Directors and Team has been meeting virtually (via Zoom).

At this point, mostly because it’s so convenient, we plan to continue to do so. 

We welcome your participation at any of the meetings, especially the annual meeting in August, where YOUR INPUT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT.


There will be a special meeting, this Tuesday night, June 8th, at 5 p.m., so the Board can approve a resolution required by the state in order to move forward with our construction grant.

Saturday, June 19th will be our last regular board meeting of the quarter. That meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. 

The July meeting will take place on the 10th of the month (instead of the usual 3rd Saturday) in deference to the Deathride. That meeting also begins at 8:30 a.m.


The Annual Meeting will take place on August 7th at Turtle Rock Park, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Please note: this location is not yet confirmed so please be on the lookout for a future announcement.

We’ve got several years of minutes to approve, and it will be your chance to hear the latest news on our planning grant, and our future construction grant.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, we’ll be able to have a candid conversation about the current and future state of our water needs. IT’S VITAL that you attend the annual meeting.


In September, we’ll get back to our normal meeting cadence (i.e. the 3rd Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m.).

MEMBERS CAN ATTEND ANY OF THE VIRTUAL MEETINGS by emailing us at for instructions and login information. 

Stay safe and thank you for being a MWC Member!

CEQA Review Period for the Markleeville Water System Improvements Project Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

Notice is hereby given that the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) intends to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the Markleeville Water System Improvements Project (project). 

The Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration and the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration with Appendices are available for review at the top of our Important Documents Page under the heading: “Markleeville Water System Improvements Project Documents.”

The 30-day review period is today, April 21st, through May 21st, 2021.

Schedule of MWC’s Upcoming Meetings

As you may know, we are mixing things up a bit with our meeting schedule to give folks who may not be able, or want to attend a Saturday meeting, a chance to join a meeting during the week.

We have held two weeknight meetings over the last several months and we’ve had just a couple members join those. Thank you, by the way, to those of you who did attend. We appreciate the input and support!

Since member attendance was somewhat sparse, however, we thought we’d offer a weekday meeting next.

  • Our next meeting (special call) will take place on Thursday, February 18th, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Our March meeting (also a special call meeting) will be Saturday, March 20th, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Our regular quarterly board meeting will be held on Saturday, April 17th, 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m. This meeting typically lasts 2 hours.

Agendas and minutes are available on our Important Documents page.

Corporation members are welcome to attend these meetings. Just email us at for the meeting/call-in information, or if you have any questions.

Our Generator is Operational!

We’re very pleased to announce that the generator that we acquired several years ago is now ready to roll!

It’s yet another step in our modernization process and will allow us to continue to provide water in the event of a power outage.

It’s been a long-term effort and we’d like give a shout out to Kris Hartnett, one of our directors, for his hard work and dedication in not only getting us the generator but in making it operational. Thank you Kris!

Please note: While you may want to take a look for yourself we ask you not to do so. There are potential safety hazards on site and therefore only authorized individuals are allowed on the plant grounds.

Our Next Board Meeting Will Be Held Saturday, January 16th, 2021

Our last two (2) meetings were “special call” meetings and were held on Thursday, November 17th and Friday, December 19th, 2020.

Documents related to these meetings can be found on our “Important Documents” page.

Our next quarterly board meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom (as usual lately), on Saturday, January 16th, 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Members are welcome to attend and can request the Zoom meeting information by emailing us at

We hope you had a nice holiday and are safe and healthy.

Here’s looking forward to putting 2020 behind us. Have a Happy New Year and we’ll see you all next year!