Truckee Sanitary District

HISTORY

TSD was formed in 1906 under the California statutes relative to the formation of a sanitary district. TSD was subsequently reorganized under the 1923 Sanitary Act. Today TSD still operates under this act and is governed by rules and laws set forth in the Health and Safety Code of the State of California.

The Truckee Sanitary District is one of the oldest sanitary districts in the State of California. Initial facilities within the community of Truckee were installed in 1908, with disposal being provided by a large septic tank located approximately one-half mile east of downtown Truckee on the bank of the Truckee River.

Between 1908 and 1962 residential growth in the Truckee-Donner Lake area was substantial. Increased development coupled with a high incidence of septic tank failures lead to high coliform counts (indicator of fecal matter) in Donner Lake. These high coliform counts initiated the involvement of the County Sanitarian to address the water quality problem.

In 1962, at the urging of the County Sanitarian, TSD undertook a substantial annexation proceeding which encompassed the lands between Gateway and the foot of Donner Summit. This annexation represented the initial step in providing the area with a wastewater collection system to relieve the water quality problems at Donner Lake. The annexation increased TSD's boundaries by approximately two and one-half times its original size.

In 1964 a Preliminary Engineering Report for the construction of a wastewater collection system within the newly annexed area was prepared and submitted to the Board of Directors. The Engineering Report separated the required wastewater facilities into four improvement stages corresponding to proposed Sewer Assessment Districts.

Funding for the required wastewater collection system was accomplished through General Obligation Bonds, Federal Grants, State Loans, and assessment proceedings.

The newly completed wastewater collection system and outfall pipelines in the four SADs were connected to the existing TSD wastewater collection system.


SERVICE AREA

TSD boundaries currently encompass an area of approximately 39 square miles in Placer and Nevada Counties. TSD operates and maintains approximately 300 miles of gravity pipelines containing 3,927 manholes, 9 miles of pressure pipeline, 10 main lift stations, and 30 smaller lift stations. The entire collection system is closely monitored 24 hours a day through a computerized telemetry and flow metering system.
 

The collection system primarily services residential customers. Small businesses and restaurants contribute only a small percent of TSD's total wastewater flow. TSD does not service any heavy industrial customers.

At present, there are approximately 10,800 residential and 650 commercial accounts discharging into TSD's wastewater collection system.


STAFFING & ORGANIZATION

TSD is governed locally by a five-member Board of Directors elected at large from within TSD's boundaries. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting policy and general administrative procedures for TSD. The policies and procedures set by the Board are then administered by the General Manager of TSD. TSD operates with a full-time staff of approximately 40 employees.

SEWER SYSTEM MANAGEMENT PLAN

In accordance with the Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements for Sanitary Sewer Systems, WQO No. 2006-003, TSD maintains a Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP).  The SSMP includes eleven mandatory elements and must be certified by the governing board of the agency and updated every five years.   The SSMP and its appendices can be seen by clicking on the links below:

AWARDS

  • 2014 Sierra Section CWEA Best Collection System, Public Education Person - Ryan Clifton
  • 2013 CWEA Collection System of the Year Award (3rd Place)
  • 2013 Sierra Section CWEA Best Collection System, Best Supervisor - Gordon Dicey, and Safety Award
  • 2011 Sierra Section CWEA Collection System Worker of the Year Award - Herb Brooks
  • 2011 California Sanitation Risk Management Authority (CSRMA) Workers Compensation Excellence Award for the Medium Agency Category
  • 2010 CASA Outstanding Capital Project Award for Donner Lake Lift Station Upgrades
  • 2008 California Water Environment Association (CWEA) "BEST of the BEST" Collection System of the Year Award (Medium Size Category 250-500 miles of pipe)
  • 2008 CWEA Sierra Section Collection System of the Year Award (Medium Size Category 250-500 miles of pipe)
  • 2006 California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) Organization Innovation Award for the Regional Safety Training Facility
  • 2004 CASA Technical Achievement Award for Infiltration and Inflow Monitoring and Control Program
  • 2002 California Water Environment Association (CWEA) "BEST of the BEST" Collection System of the Year Award (Medium Size Category 250-500 miles of pipe)
  • 2002 CWEA Sierra Section Collection System of the Year Award (Medium Size Category 250-500 miles of pipe)
  • 2000 CWEA Sierra Section Collection System of the Year Award (Medium Size Category 250-500 miles of pipe)
  • 1997 CWEA "BEST of the BEST" Collection System of the Year Award (Medium Size Category 250-500 miles of pipe)
  • 1997 CWEA Sierra Section "Collection System of the Year Award" (Medium Size Category 250 to 500 miles of pipe)
  • 1996 CWEA Sierra Section "Collection System of the Year Award" (Small Size Category 0 to 250 miles of pipe)
  • 1990 California Water Pollution Control Association "Collection System of the Year Award"

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