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District will pay for water plan

The South Tahoe Public Utility District plans to start work on its interim water supply master plan today.

STPUD’s board of directors unanimously agreed Thursday to spend $387,000 to hire an international engineering company to come up with potential solutions and suggestions to best fight react to the threat of MTBE pollution.

STPUD staff and the contractor, Boyle Engineering Corporation, are expected to begin work immediately.



Rick Hydrick, water operations manager for the district, said funding from the Department of Health Services likely could reimburse the district for some of the cost.

“We feel a good portion of the master plan cost is eligible for funding, but I can’t give you 50 percent or 70 percent. I can’t give you a number right now,” Hydrick told the board.




The plan is expected to be completed by the end of July, with recommendations and expected costs of implementing projects. Hydrick said STPUD officials hope the plan will identify inexpensive remediation projects the district will be able to start work on this fiscal year.

MTBE – methyl tertiary butyl ether – is a gasoline additive that has contaminated several underground aquifers in the South Shore area. More than one-third of STPUD’s wells have been turned of because of the threat of MTBE.

STPUD’s current policy is to deliver no MTBE-contaminated water to customers regardless of whether the amounts are below state and federal action levels.

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