Annual Meeting Postponed Due to the Tamarack Fire – and a Huge Thank You

Our annual meeting, previously scheduled for August 7th, 2021 at Turtle Rock Park, will be postponed to a date later this fall.

We’ll update this blog once we have a new date and location set.

We wish you all well as we all begin the recovery process.

We would also like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the first responders, especially our Operator, Buck McLelland, whose skills and devotion saved our plant from destruction.

Water-Use Restrictions in Effect Due to the Tamarack Fire

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!

That means:

  • For drinking – Note that Marklee Village is under a boil-water notice. Read this post for more information.
  • For cooking
  • 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.

Thank you,

Your MWC Board of Directors

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.