Sewage spill hearing begins |

Sewage spill hearing begins

KINGS BEACH -Testimony began here Thursday in a hearing regarding a $700,000 fine for a massive sewage spill at Lake Tahoe last summer.

The North Tahoe Public Utility District also filed a lawsuit Thursday against Pacific Built and the property owners for $248,000, said Steve Rogers, general manager of the utility district. The suit claims that the contractor and property owners did not pay a cleanup bill from late last year.

Rogers would not comment further on the details of the suit.

The spill occurred last July 19 when Pacific Built workers accidentally punctured a sewer main in Kings Beach.

They were installing a private pier for property owners. Officials initially estimated that 120,000 gallons of raw sewage spewed onto the beach and into the lake. The spill estimate has since been revised at 56,000 gallons, resulting in reduced fine of $325,000, according to testimony from Thursday’s meeting. The board determined figures from the North Tahoe Public Utility District were incorrect.

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