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STPUD faces lower water reduction rate

South Tahoe Public Utilities District (STPUD) might see a drop of relief after being placed in the highest tier for mandatory state water reductions. According to Shannon Cotulla, STPUD's assistant general manager, the district spoke with State Water Resources Control Board staff responsible for calculating water consumption and revised the amount the district produced between June 2014 and February 2015. The Water Board had initially placed STPUD in its highest tier of water users, comparing water production from June 2013 to February 2014 to the same time the following year. Because of the calculation, STPUD faced a mandatory 36 percent water reduction. The SWRCB uses a calculation based on residential gallons-per-capita-per-day usage, or water used per person or household in a particular district. Statewide, various urban districts face a staggered requirement to conserve water from 4 percent to 36 percent. This comes following Gov. Jerry Brown's April 1 decision to institute a mandatory 25 percent water reduction in order to save 1.3 million acre-feet of water over nine months, or the amount currently in Lake Oroville. Prior to that, all water reduction efforts had been voluntary. The April 17 revised draft placed STPUD at 231.5 gallons-per-capita-day, something that the district disagreed with, in large part because of the area's high seasonal population and other unique circumstances. Cotulla, on Monday, said the numbers have since been revised downward to around a cumulative 150 gallons-per-capita-day. "That will change our requirements and lower us a bit," Cotulla said. However, he stressed nothing has been finalized yet. Based on the calculations at California's Drinking Water Information Clearinghouse urban water calculations, STPUD went from 169 residential gallons-per-capita-per-day in June 2014 to 50 gallons-per-capita-per-day in February 2015 compared to date in 2013. The Water Board makes its final decision regarding on the emergency regulations at its May 5-6 board meeting. It has stated previously it may revise calculations and tier rates up or down based on comments it receives. George Kostyrko, public affairs director for the Water Board, said Monday that he couldn't confirm that level of detail because of the number of agencies that submit water report data on a monthly basis. But he didn't rule it out either, especially if STPUD provided the appropriate data. "The presumption is that they have talked to us and that we've been responsive and we will make the changes once they send the information that validates their response," Kostyrko said.

Consumer can help conserve by cutting indoor use

The South Tahoe Public Utility District plans only to regulate outdoor water use this summer. However, STPUD officials encourage property owners to conserve water indoors as well. That could help keep the district from needing to impose more stringent restrictions. Some of the district’s water-usage tips include: n Take a five-minute shower instead of a bath. That can save 15 gallons per shower. n Bathe in a tub less than half-filled with water. Saves 10 to 15 gallons per bath. n Don’t use toilets as trash cans or ash trays. Flush only when essential. Saves at least 12 gallons a day per person. n When brushing teeth, use a glass of water instead of running the tap. Saves 3 or more gallons per brushing. n When shaving, instead of running water, partially fill the sink using a stopper. Saves about 3 gallons per shave. n Hand wash dishes in a filled sink, not with running water. Saves about 25 gallons per wash. n Wait to run an automatic dishwasher until there is a full load. Saves 10 to 12 gallons per cycle. n Run an automatic dishwasher load on short cycles rather than standard cycles. Saves 3 to 4 gallons per load. n Keep a pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator instead of running it at the tap until it cools. Saves about 2 gallons per drink.

Lots of flushes indicate strong flow of tourists

Long lines at the grocery store and a steady stream of cars on Lake Tahoe Boulevard are a couple of obvious indications that South Shore business may be picking up. But can a steady production of sewage equal a healthy economy? By using the typically busy holidays – such as New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July – throughout the year as a measuring stick, officials at the South Tahoe Public Utility District can get a good sense of the number of tourists in their coverage area at any one time. “We really can tell when the town is full and when it’s not full from those peaks and valleys,” said STPUD spokesman Dennis Cocking. The utility district also tracks water usage on a daily basis, but the sewage-flow numbers are more reliable than estimating tourist visits from water-usage figures. Landscape irrigation by residents during the summer months tends to increase water use dramatically beyond what tourists alone can account for, Cocking said. Average daily water use in December was the third-highest in 10 years, but average daily sewage flows were the lowest they’ve been over the same time period, according to statistics from the public utility district. While the numbers paint a dismal portrait of travel to the South Shore for December, increased sewage flows followed early January storms that dropped feet of snow and spurred travel to the region. Sewage flows from Jan. 12 and 13, the weekend after the series of storms, jumped above 4 million gallons per day, besting each daily sewage flow seen during the first three weeks in December. The information correlates with anecdotal evidence from South Shore business organizations. South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association President Jerry Bindel described the holiday season as going “fairly well” thus far, noting an increase in travel to the South Shore after early January storms. “It’s not quite as strong as in previous years, but it’s not bad,” Bindel said. Most of the lodging properties within the South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association were filled to at least 90 percent capacity during the holiday season, according to Bindel. “I think we’re pretty happy,” said Lake Tahoe Visitor Authority Executive Director Patrick Kaler. “You know, with the snow we had after the holiday season, things picked up.” The Visitors Authority uses a more traditional approach when analyzing the number of people in town by looking at the revenue generated by the transient occupancy tax. The group looks at both city of South Lake Tahoe and Douglas County tax revenues when determining visitation to the South Shore. Transient occupancy tax figures for the holiday season aren’t expected until February, Kaler said. Brkout: STPUD December daily sewage flow averages for the past 10 years 1998: 4.62 million gallons per day 1999: 4.15 million gallons per day 2000: 4.61 million gallons per day 2001: 4.38 million gallons per day 2002: 4.32 million gallons per day 2003: 4.31 million gallons per day 2004: 4.23 million gallons per day 2005: 4.78 million gallons per day 2006: 4.13 million gallons per day 2007: 3.88 million gallons per day STPUD daily water use averages for 2007 January: 5.90 million gallons per day February: 5.27 million gallons per day March: 4.35 million gallons per day April: 4.41 million gallons per day May: 7.91 million gallons per day June: 11.0 million gallons per day July: 12.29 million gallons per day August: 12.3 million gallons per day September: 9.33 million gallons per day October: 5.29 million gallons per day November: 3.93 million gallons per day December: 5.22 million gallons per day Source: South Tahoe Public Utility District

STPUD faces steep water reduction

South Tahoe Public Utilities District's (STPUD) hope to have mandatory water reductions reduced drowned on April 17 when the State Water Resources Control Board released revised numbers of California's water districts. Instead of a lower percentage number than the initial 35 percent it faced, STPUD's number rose by 1 percent to 36 percent. While the requirements remain in draft form until formal board adoption at its May 5-6 hearing and final say by the state Office of Administrative Law on May 15. The mandatory water reductions come on the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown's April 1 executive order – the first in California's history – following a dismal report of the annual survey of the snow pack. Prior to that, the governor had required only 20 percent voluntary efforts to combat the ongoing drought. While the governor's order mandates 25 percent water reductions based on 2013 reports, the Water Resources Board's draft regulations take into consideration various districts' efforts to conserve, or apparent lack thereof. STPUD conserved only 6 percent based on water production reports from June 2013 to February 2014 to the same numbers from June 2014 through February 2015. This places the district in Tier 9 along with 93 other districts. The state water board will consider applying greater reduction requirements on areas that have a higher per-capita water us, or the amount of water a person uses per day. For STPUD, the amount comes to 231.5 residential gallons-per-capita-per-day calculation. Two other water districts in the Lake Tahoe Basin face higher-than-normal requirements. Tahoe City Public Utilities District, which conserved 12 percent, has a 36 percent mandatory reduction, while North Tahoe Public Utilities District must conserve 28 percent based on a 5 percent conservation effort. Most of the new provisions, aside from the mandatory water reduction, are aimed at commercial, industrial and institutional properties, prohibit of using potable water to irrigate street medias and on new home construction without drip or microspray systems. Districts that don't comply face penalties by the state, including fines of up to $10,000 per day. Adding to water districts' problems, an the 4th District Court of Appeal on Monday, April 20 ruled that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates, which are based on water consumption, violates the state constitution. While the ruling applies directly to the Orange County city, it may have wide-ranging implications for the two-thirds of California's water utility companies that used tiered systems. STPUD General Manager Richard Solbrig attempted to convince the Water Resources Board during the initial commenting period that the South Shore district has unique circumstances. Those unique circumstances include the Tahoe Regional Planning agency's erosion control measures requiring 50 percent vegetative cover for properties to protect Lake Tahoe. Solbrig wrote that "a sudden ad dramatic reduction in water available for maintaining these landscapes, without proved the time to properly redesign them" would increase properties to increased fire danger and eventually wildfire risk. Additionally, all recycled water is required to be exported out of the basin under state law. Solbrig also argued that current water conservation programs the district instituted in 2007 has lowered water production by 27 percent. He also listed the area's fluctuating tourist population as something the state has ignored. Shannon Cotulla, STPUD's assistant general manager, on Monday said the numbers didn't carry water. "The revised calculations are apparently saying we are consuming more water than we had been under the initial calculations," Cotulla said. "We see our consumption as a lot less than what they had calculated." The district submitted additional information to the sate on Friday but Cotulla expressed doubts. "Apparently these things have not been taken into consideration," Cotulla said. He added the district has been unable to determine how the state calculated the number. Based on the district's own numbers, assuming a base population of 33,124 in its borders, the gallons-per-capita-per day should be around 181 gallons. The calculation could place STPUD in a lower tier, requiring it to reduce production by only 32 percent. STPUD has spoken with the North Tahoe and Tahoe City utility districts about how they are working on their information, and will take advantage public comment period on the revised calculations. However, Cotulla said he was disappointed. "I'm displeased that all we've done to reduce water production by 27 percent since 2007 haven't been taken into consideration," Cotulla said. Districts and the general public have until April 22 to comment on the draft regulations, which can be sent to Jessica Bean at jessica.bean@waterboards.ca.gov. The district's final chance to send its own input ends April 28. Final public comment will be available at the State Water Resources Control Board meeting on May 5.

Residential irrigation efficiency rebate program explained

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Since more than 50 percent of residential water use takes place outdoors, water efficient gardens and landscapes translate into significant water savings. It is possible to have beautiful gardens and landscapes and still be water efficient. The South Tahoe Public Utility District is offering up to a $400 rebate to encourage residents to use water wisely in their home landscaping by upgrading to a more efficient irrigation system. What is irrigation efficiency? Irrigation efficiency is a critical measure of irrigation performance in terms of the water required to irrigate a landscape. It can be defined in terms of system performance, the uniformity of the water application, and the response of the landscape to the irrigation. Having an efficient system is better for the landscape and saves water. Irrigation systems/equipment that are poorly designed, inefficient or not maintained reduces the degree of control over the water application. The Residential Irrigation Efficiency Rebate Program was developed to help customers upgrade their irrigation systems to make them more efficient. Examples of efficiency improvements can include replacement of existing systems with alternatives such as low volume drip irrigation system, high distribution uniformity or multi- stream nozzles with a flow rate of 1.20 inches per hour (In/h), pressure regulators for optimal system performance or check valves or low lying sprinklers at the bottom of a slope to stop excess drainage. The program offers a rebate of up to $400 which covers 50 percent of the irrigation equipment cost and 25 percent of the labor to install it. Itemized receipts are required. Eligible irrigation equipment includes equipment that improves irrigation efficiencies as determined by a South Tahoe PUD representative. Efficiencies may include drip irrigation systems, replacing mis-matched sprinkler heads with like-kind heads, water pressure regulating devices, check valves, low precipitation, high distribution uniformity or multi stream rotating nozzles, rain shut off devices, moisture sensor or smart controllers. Eligible parts are those that reduce water use in the landscape by operating at a lower volume, have a more uniform spray pattern or have high distribution uniformity. Common types are: • Precision nozzles: Spray nozzles that distribute<1.20 inches per hour, high efficiency- variable arc (HE-VAN) nozzles • Drip irrigation systems: each emitter distributes<2.5 gallons per hour • Micro-sprays: each micro-spray distributes<2.5 gallons per hour • In- Line irrigation systems: drip line to distribute water at<1.0 gallon per hour per built-in emitter. • Multi-stream rotating nozzles: nozzles that distribute<.92 inches per hour. To request a free landscape water efficiency evaluation or obtain advice on Tahoe friendly landscaping practices, contact the Tahoe RCD at http://www.TahoeRCD.org or 530-543-1501 ext 113.

Flush with water, conservation still needed

South Lake Tahoe isn't facing the same water shortages as other California communities but people still need to take steps to reduce water use at their homes and businesses, according to South Tahoe Public Utilities District and city officials. "We have water supply sufficient to preclude rationing and sufficient to maintain landscaping. People won't have to let their lawns go brown and everything else, but it's going to be a long summer," STPUD general manager Richard Solbrig told the South Lake Tahoe City Council this week. California is in a third year of drought. With low reservoirs and meager snowpack, Gov. Jerry Brown is asking for voluntary, 20 percent reductions in water usage. State legislation adopted in 2009 requires STPUD and other water utilities to reduce their per-capita water usage 20 percent by 2020. STPUD has 22 wells in the South Shore's roughly 23-square-mile groundwater basin. Its customer demand for water peaks each summer at about 375 million gallons per month in July and August. There are another 56 smaller community water wells and more than 600 private water wells tapped into the South Shore groundwater basin. The basin is expected to be stressed this year and next with limited recharge. That's because six of the last seven years have been drier than normal and snowpack in the Lake Tahoe Basin is just 43 percent of normal going into April. "If people don't conserve water and take advantage of some of our water conservation programs, we're going to have some problems meeting that demand," Solbrig said. "We'll have low tank levels. So to ensure adequate supply for all and for public safety, we're all going to need to be smart and participate in water conservation efforts." STPUD offers a number of free water conservation programs for its water and sewer customers. Programs include water audits and use evaluations for homes, businesses and irrigation systems. The district also offers some water-efficient fixtures for free as well as rebates for high-efficiency sprinkler components, toilets, washing machines and on-demand hot water systems that can significantly reduce water use. The district offers free leak detection assistance. Meters can help detect even small leaks that might go unseen and waste thousands of gallons of water. More than 40 percent of the water that STPUD customers use each summer is for irrigation. Restrictions will be in place again this year with even-numbered addresses allowed to water Monday, Wednesday and Friday and odd-numbered addresses allowed to water Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Water should fall on the lawn and not the sidewalk or street. With the basin's porous soils, many people water more than is needed. "We ask that no one do landscape irrigation on Saturday. The reason is, that's the highest-volume day in terms of tourists and the highest water using day," STPUD water conservation specialist Donielle Morse said. STPUD is offering its turf buy-back program again this year. The program helps homeowners replace water-intensive lawns with native or adaptive vegetation that requires just a fraction of the water and maintenance that grass does. Last year, the program offered $1.50 per square foot of turf up to $3,000. Since 2007, it has removed about 230,000 square feet of turf. STPUD is one of California's few remaining unmetered water systems. Some properties have meters, but most do not. About 2,000 more meters will be put in this summer as part of water line replacement projects. The district is considering accepting a no-interest state loan for $21.5 million to retrofit the entire system with meters as part of a five-year water and sewer rate increase that is being proposed. All water connections in the STPUD system must be metered by 2025 under California law. Even if a property is not metered at this point, it will be in the future, so the time to start conserving water is now, Morse said. "There are a lot of very easy ways we can all make cuts to save our water supply." South Lake Tahoe councilwoman Angela Swanson requested the STPUD update on the water situation after hearing about the hardships in other California cities are facing. It's good to hear the city is in good shape with water. "It gives us a great opportunity to start talking about how much we need to do and start looking at climate change issues," she said.

Water purveyors cautiously optimistic

South Shore’s water supply is in good shape but water purveyors on both sides of the state line want residents to continue conservation efforts. “There’s enough water for everyone but there’s not enough water to waste,” said Duane Wallace, a South Tahoe Public Utility District boardmember. Last month, STPUD, which provides water and sewer service to the California side of South Shore, asked residents to adopt an odd-even irrigation plan, where even numbered addresses water on even dates of the year and vice versa. The watering schedule came as a defense to the district’s already stretched water supplies, which have been cut nearly 30 percent as a result of contamination by the fuel additive MTBE. Utility spokesman Dennis Cocking said the conservation efforts have worked. “I think the community is really getting behind this,” Cocking said. “But I want to caution the public that, even though we’re doing well, we’ll still have to water on an every-other day basis for the the rest of the summer to avoid mandatory water restrictions.” The Kingsbury General Improvement District, which serves the Stateline area, is operating on one-quarter of its normal water supply while it works on rehabilitating water tanks through July. KGID is also asking its customers to irrigate every other day, with odd addresses watering Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and even addresses watering Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. In addition, the district is requesting that customers reduce their everyday water use. “Run water only when absolutely necessary,” said Linda Phillips, KGID senior accountant. “Try to cut water use down by 20 percent through July, until the tank rehabilitation project is done.” While restrictions on South Shore’s Nevada side may end as soon as August, STPUD will be monitoring customer water use as the sizzling summer months go on. District officials will consider imposing mandatory water restrictions on its customers when water use reaches 13.5 million gallons per day, Cocking said. “It’s not automatic at 13 million gallons but that’s when we start looking seriously at water restrictions,” he said. “The Fourth of July holiday is the litmus test for how things are going. Typically, this sets the tone for the rest of the summer.” Cocking said consumption in the district during the last month has ranked at about 10 to 11 million gallons of water per day. Cooler than normal temperatures on the Fourth of July holiday helped keep water consumption below the mandatory water-restrictions mark. As added support, STPUD opened a new well last week on Forest Service property near Camp Richardson. Cocking said the well can pump up to 450 gallons per minute to the South “Y” area of South Lake Tahoe. Still, water is a precious commodity. “We’re not having to bring water in from other zones and that has given us some operational flexibility but it hasn’t changed the need for conservation,” Cocking said.

Two more wells in question

Ten are down; two more may have to go. The controversial gasoline additive MTBE continues to cause problems for the South Tahoe Public Utility District as two more drinking water wells may be threatened. In the past year, 10 of the district’s 34 wells have been shut down because of the threat of MTBE. STPUD announced Tuesday that laboratory tests conducted last week indicate that MTBE may be present in its Julie and South “Y” wells. The MTBE plume is believed to be coming from the South Lake Tahoe USA gas station, which voluntarily shut down in August because of the MTBE threat. The water from the contaminated wells is diverted to an air stripping tower, which is effective in removing low levels of MTBE. STPUD officials stress that all customers are receiving safe drinking water, said STPUD information officer Dawn Forsythe. Laboratory testing is normally conducted to find MTBE at 0.5 to 5 parts per billion, according to STPUD. However, testing at 0.2 parts per billion indicates MTBE “may be present” in the wells. California allows MTBE in drinking water up to 35 parts per billion. More tests continued Tuesday, checking the MTBE amounts in the well and in the water after it is treated by the air stripper. Results should be available later this week. The Julie well produced 64 million gallons in 1997 and makes a substantial contribution to the Gardner Mountain area, according to STPUD. The South “Y” well has been on standby as a backup source of water for several years. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and if we find any indication that MTBE levels may begin to pose risks to the drinking water, we will close (the wells) immediately,” Forsythe said. Four wells in the area already have been shut down because of the MTBE threat. The Tata Lane well No. 4, which is contaminated because of the suspected USA plume, also was connected to the air stripper which successfully treated the water for several months. MTBE levels increased to 37 parts per billion, and small traces of MTBE were found in the treated water. The levels were below California standards, but STPUD shut the well down in July. The air stripping tower was installed in 1992 to treat another contaminant called PCE, a cleaning solvent of which the source was never found. Tata wells Nos. 1, 2 and 3 were shut down in August because of the MTBE in the vicinity. MTBE – methyl tertiary butyl ether – is a gasoline additive that is classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a possible cancer-causing agent. At low levels, between 15 and 40 parts per billion, people can detect MTBE in water. It smells and tastes like turpentine. STPUD and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board met with the USA gas station’s owners – USA Petroleum out of Agoura Hills, Calif., – last week and demanded more aggressive remediation of the contamination. Remediation efforts continue at the gas station. However, USA has until Friday to submit a plan for a more accelerated implementation plan for cleaning up the site. Water-usage restrictions for all STPUD customers have been in place since July. Tahoe Daily Tribune E-mail: tribune@tahoe.com Visitors Guide | News | Diversions | Marketplace | Weather | Community Copyright, tahoe.com. Materials contained within this site may not be used without permission. About tahoe.com…

Redevelopment would be tough without water overhaul

With the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency changing zoning to allow old motels to be resurrected for other uses, local developers are looking around town. On the surface, State Route 89 north of the “Y” appears an ideal location. However, the Highway 89 Corridor toward Camp Richardson is not likely to be developed any time soon. Pembroke Gochnauer, South Tahoe Public Utility District board member and a real estate agent, told the South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association Thursday that the area first must be brought up to fire codes which could serve the potential new development. Fire Marshall Merle Bowman said there is not enough water capacity to support development in the area. City officials stressed the water in the area is sufficient to serve the corridor’s current needs. The Lukins Brothers Water Company provides water to the region’s 900 customers. Bowman said the Lukins pipes would have to be replaced with bigger pipes to support any further development. He said the water system was put in place in 1950 to support a handful of summer residences. “I’m an advocate of development in that area,” Bowman said. “Unfortunately, there is just not enough water.” In order to develop the corridor, each new building would need the ability to bring in 1,500 gallons of water per minute. Bowman said, with the system in place, each building could get only 400 to 450 gallons per minute. Council member Tom Davis told the association the streets would have to be dug up to replace the pipes, an expensive process. When some association members suggested STPUD take over Lukins to do the upgrades, Duane Wallace, STPUD board member, said the district’s position is not to arbitrarily take over water districts. Wallace said Lukins currently charges its customers about half as much as STPUD customers, but has applied to the state for a rate increase. Those increases could be used to upgrade the existing system, a system Bowman said has remained in its original condition since its inception. Tahoe Daily Tribune E-mail: tribune@tahoe.com Visitors Guide | News | Diversions | Marketplace | Weather | Community Copyright, tahoe.com. Materials contained within this site may not be used without permission. About tahoe.com…

All’s well with district’s new well

Finally, there is good news for South Shore’s primary water purveyor, an agency plagued in recent years with MTBE problems and consequently bad luck. Preliminary reports show that the South Tahoe Public Utility District’s new $355,000 well will be contaminant-free and likely capable of producing significant amounts of water for the utility’s stressed system. “This will be a good producer,” said Dennis Cocking, STPUD information officer. “It looks like it will produce between 1,500 and 2,500 gallons per minute, which is on the high end of where we hoped it would be.” Prior to September 1997, the district had 34 usable drinking water wells, ranging in capacity from a few hundred to a few thousand gallons per minute. Then the MTBE problems began. Now eight wells are closed because MTBE – methyl tertiary butyl ether – has been detected in their aquifers. Four others have been closed to avoid pulling nearby plumes closer. STPUD’s Paloma well – one of the district’s most important wells, with the capacity to provide 2,500 gallons per minute – has been operated at half capacity since July 1997 to try to keep from drawing in a nearby plume of MTBE. Cocking describes well drilling as a “crapshoot.” Regardless of the research that happens before drilling, officials don’t know for sure what they’ll have until they drill down into the groundwater. STPUD drilled a new well in Meyers last year. Its water was contaminated with MTBE and now the well is on standby. The crapshoot this time paid off, with the new Gardner Mountain well to be located on U.S. Forest Service land near Valhalla. STPUD has planned a well in that area for years because it is away from any gas stations that could be potential sources for contaminants. Around-the-clock drilling started last month and lasted about nine days. Now that results are in regarding the water quality and capacity, officials will start building the actual drinking-water well. Work will continue until Oct. 15 – the season end date for all excavation at Tahoe – and start as soon as possible in the spring. While presently a huge sound barrier envelopes the site and a tall drilling rig sticks up dozens of feet into the air, Cocking said the completed well will be almost invisible. STPUD plans to revegetate the disturbed area. Only a small concrete pad and a painted-green ventilation pipe will be there, hidden by new trees. Pipes will travel underground to an existing red barn on State Route 89. That is where the well’s accompanying infrastructure will be housed. “From an aesthetic standpoint, once it’s revegetated, you’re going to have to almost walk into the ventilation pipe to see it,” Cocking said. The district serves water to about 30,000 people. That number can be as high as 60,000 during busy summer months. Customers were asked to abide by mandatory water-usage restrictions from June through August, not because of the lack of water but because of the agency’s currently depleted infrastructure. The new well is supposed to specifically help the “Y” area, where numerous wells have been affected by MTBE leaks. STPUD is set to take over providing water to the Forest Service’s South Shore recreation area from Lukins Brothers Water Co. on Oct. 1. The current agreement is only through May 15; however, officials say a long-term plan likely will be worked out. Cocking said the new well will be used to provide that service, but the Forest Service won’t monopolize its water. The Forest Service area – Camp Richardson Resort, the Tallac Historic Site, Visitors Center at Taylor Creek and campground at Fallen Leaf Lake – likely will need only about 10 percent of the well’s capacity, Cocking said.