All’s well for CCC, drillers hit water |

All’s well for CCC, drillers hit water

Drillers finally bored a hole atop Echo Summit that produces enough water to serve the California Conservation Corps at Tahoe.

The CCC has been without its own water supply for about two years after a natural spring it relied on failed to meet demand and failed to pass water quality tests. Water is trucked up the summit for the CCC, an operation which costs $10,000 a month.

“We’ve got a well,” said Gary Ray, administrator of the CCC at Tahoe. “Phase two is to connect it.”

Ray estimated the water will be connected to CCC headquarters by early November. The well produces 6,000 gallons of water a day. The CCC uses between 1,600 and 2,200 gallons a day, Ray said.

Earlier this month, drillers bored more than 400 feet through granite but failed to come up with an adequate source of water. Their second attempt, on Aug. 17, was successful. The cost to drill both wells was covered by the $150,000 set aside for the project.

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