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LITTLE LAKE VALLEY REGION WATER
CONNECTION MORATORIUM ORDERED


BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT OF THE STATEWIDE DROUGHT ON THE EEL RIVER, AS OF OCTOBER 17, 2014 AN ORDER ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON NEW WATER CONNECTIONS HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD TO ALL THE MUNICIPAL WATER PROVIDERS AROUND THE LITTLE LAKE VALLY INCLUDING BROOKTRAILS TOWNSHIP, THE CITY OF WILLITS, AND PINE MOUNTAIN MUTUAL WATER COMPANY. (COPIES OF THE ORDERS MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE STATE WEB SITE WHICH INDICATES AN ADDITIONAL 19 OTHER WATER SYSTEMS AROUND THE STATE RECEIVED SUCH ORDERS.)

THE BROOKTRAILS ORDER ALSO CAN BE VIEWED HERE . FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US.

A WATER EMERGENCY HAS BEEN DECLARED

A water emergency has been declared in the Brooktrails Township limiting water use by each Brooktrails water customer. As of September 10, 2014, the limit has been revised to 170 gallons per day or 5,100 per month.

To help our community save water, visit our links to useful water conservation information.


What You Need to Know about the Willits Wastewater Treatment Plant Dispute

    UPDATE. In a September 17, 2014, letter from the Willits Mayor to the Brooktrails Board President it was insinuated that an engineering representative of the Board of Directors at the behest of Brooktrails officials engaged in "a planned mission, attempting to lay a trap with the hope that City staff would violate its permit and accept diesel fuel mischaracterized as septage." It was, of course, not true.

    The letter was written less than eight weeks before the upcoming election. The Brooktrails engineering representative who has an unsullied reputation is from a Willits-area business providing professional engineering services to many local private clients. The City had not made the letter public. Brooktrails did not respond.

    Unfortunately, the City Manager at the October 28, 2014, Brooktrails Board of Director's meeting insisted the letter be made public and that the Brooktrails Board President respond.

    You can
view the letter exchange (it is a large PDF file with functional links to state websites). As noted in Board President William's letter to Mayor Madrigal: "The Brooktrails Board is choosing to not take offense at the accusations in your final paragraph in the spirit of needed regional unity."



    At its August 5, 2014 meeting the Brooktrails Township Board of Directors adopted a resolution expressing a concern that a large volume of partially treated sewage from the Willits sewage treatment plant is percolating directly into the groundwater in the Little Lake Valley. About 20% of this sewage is from Brooktrails homes and businesses. The concern is the potential impact on our neighbors in the Little Lake Valley who depend upon wells for their water.

You can read more about this sewage-to-groundwater issue in an August 2014 update here.

   The Brooktrails Township and the City of Willits, since 2005, have been involved in a financial dispute over the allocation of costs for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant and, since 1997, over the allocation of operating costs for the treatment plant. The City of Willits is demanding that Brooktrails Township Community Services District ratepayers pay to treat sewage produced by City ratepayers.

    The dispute involves $2,000,000+ in project costs for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant and $150+ per Brooktrails residence in operating costs over the past eight years. To make matters worse, after subtracting the Township's exclusive flow capacity rights the new Wastewater Treatment Plant capacity is not large enough to handle sewage flows from the City and, as explained above, may be discharging millions of gallons of wastewater annually into the Little Lake Valley groundwater table.

    Every Brooktrails Township ratepayer should become informed about this financial dispute.

Read a complete explanation of the Brooktrails viewpoint in a June 2014 update here


BROOKTRAILS 2013 CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT ON DRINKING WATER QUALITY


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