Water Use Rules and Guidelines Have Been Updated

At the quarterly board meeting last Saturday, the Board of Directors updated the rules and guidelines.

Effective today, the restrictions that were in place post-Tamarack Fire have been rolled back.

You can download a copy of the current rules and guidelines from our Important Documents page.

A couple items of note:

  • Since pressure or power washing can put a signifcant load on the system depending on time of day, it is not allowed w/o specific permission. Please fill out the form on our Contact Us page and someone will contact you.
  • Rain events affect the processing of water. When the turbidity-levels get too high in the creek we have to switch over to well water and that lessens the amount of water that can be produced.

It’s likely, based on drought predictions for CA, that more restrictive rules and guidelines will need to be put in place.

We will make that determination at the June meeting, and encourage your attendance at that meeting, as well as all meetings.

Email us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com in order to RSVP for any meeting, or if you have any questions.

Volunteers Answered the Call – Thank you!

Thanks to our intrepid volunteers, including locals, Nevadans, CalFire and Ca Conservation Corp members, we had a successful three (3) days of restoration.

Some of the team doing a bit of seeding. The Musser & Jarvis Creek can be seen just behind them.

Each of the three (3) days brought us approximately 30 volunteers, who focused on seeding the slopes, and chinking trees, in the watershed, in order to lessen the effects of erosion and mitigate debris flowing into the creek. Editors note: The image at the top of this post is only of one crew, this particular troup was on site last Sunday.

Chinking? You ask…I (Mark) had not heard the term before last Sunday but based on what I can tell it is derived from log cabin building and the filling in of the spaces between the logs with a mortar of some sort.

As it relates to erosion mitigation it’s about filling in the upslope side of a felled tree (felled parallel to the creek) with rocks and dirt in order to capture sediment and re-direct water flow.

A video of the operation, including a look at some chinking.

A special shout out to the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and its Tamarack Fire Assistance Fund. It was that fund that allowed us to purchase the wattles and the seed.

Andy Lovell, and the Alpine Trails Association, helped out with tools expertise.

Mary Young, our President, and the First Gentleman, Bill Young, also deserve a shout out. They spent countless hours doing reconnaissance on the watershed, developing the plan and most importantly “herding the cats” to get the work done.

We should also mention Kimra and Sierra, from the Alpine Watershed Group. Their expertise and direction was such a plus!

The BIGGEST shout out, however, goes to you, dear volunteer. We wish we could name you all but the post would be too long if we did.

WE ARE SO THANKFUL! The Water Co., and the community as a whole, is lucky to have you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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.