BROOKTRAILS TOWNSHIP NEWS
What You Need to Know about the Willits Wastewater Treatment Plant Dispute
UPDATE. 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
Read a complete explanation of the Brooktrails viewpoint
in a June 2014 update here
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
August 12, 2014, the limit has been revised to
gallons per day or 6,000 per month.
To help our community save water, visit
our links to useful water conservation information.
Also you can click on the "Save Our Water" picture above to see
more about the statewide drought emergency effort and how you can help. On
Friday, January 17, Governor Brown declared a statewide
State of Emergency stating: "“We can’t make it
rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible
consequences that California’s drought now threatens, including
dramatically less water for our farms and communities and
increased fires in both urban and rural areas."
Related to the drought, a high threat of wildfire exists.
An outdoor fire Burn Ban is in effect in the Brooktrails Township and
Mendocino County. And the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District is requesting that
County residents limit fireplace and wood stove use whenever possible and burn wood only when necessary for comfort.
BROOKTRAILS 2013 CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT ON DRINKING WATER QUALITY
Upcoming Recreation, Greenbelt, and Conservation Committee Meeting Agenda
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