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Georgetown Divide Public Utility District
Established 1946
Reflecting on the Past. Planning for the Future

BUDGET WORKSHOP
A Budget Workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Pilot Hill Grange, 1701 Hwy 193, Cool, CA 95614, for the purpose of drafting a proposed FY 2015-16 Budget for the District. The public is welcome.

SPECIAL NOTICE TO ALL RAW/IRRIGATION WATER CUSTOMERS
As the Community faces yet another year of continued drought, we are faced with exceptionally low water storage in Stumpy Meadows Reservoir for the month of April. During the past irrigation season (2014) the raw/irrigation water customers have done a commendable job of conserving water. We, the District, are asking for your continued assistance in conserving water as we prepare for the current (2015) season.

DELAYED START OF SEASON…PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
At a Regular Meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District, held on April 14, 2015, the Board directed Staff to delay the start of the Irrigation Season. The start date for the 2015 season will be June 1, 2015. Based on limited water storage in Stumpy, together with projections of a continued drought, it is likely that the season will be short in duration. You are encouraged to attend the upcoming Regular Board Meeting to be held on May 12, 2015. That meeting will be at the District Office at 2 P.M. A topic of that meeting, open to Public Discussion, will address Water Storage in Stumpy together with further possible limitations placed on the delivery of raw/irrigation water during the 2015 season. All deliveries of raw/irrigation water within the 2015 Season will be made under 2013 allotments, with the exception of reductions in the length of the season. It has been shown that the current delivery system, consisting of pipes and ditches, is unable to provide significant water savings through reduced allotments to individual customers.

Notice of Emergency Regulation Water Conservation Standards by the State Water Quality Control Board.
End-User Requirements:

The new prohibitions in the Executive Order apply to all Californians and will take effect immediately upon approval of the regulation by the Office of Administrative Law. These include: Irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited; and Irrigation with potable water outside of newly constructed homes and buildings not in accordance with emergency regulations or other requirements established in the California Building Standards Code is prohibited. These are in addition to the existing restrictions that prohibit: Using potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways; Allowing runoff when irrigating with potable water; Using hoses with no shutoff nozzles to wash cars; Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water; Irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours following measurable rainfall; and Restaurants from serving water to their customers unless the customer requests it. Additionally, hotels and motels must offer their guests the option to not have their linens and towels laundered daily, and prominently display this option in each guest room. GDPUD treated water customers are only allowed to outside irrigate 2 days per week.(customer chooses which 2). GDPUD customers are required to conserves 32% less water than the same billing period in 2013. This will be a community wide effort to meet these standards that have been placed on us.

Reminders

You can now pay your bill online! Please click the Online Bill Pay button at the top right. A service fee applies.
* Service Fee is calculated based on 3.5% of your total bill, plus 20¢ per transaction.

News

A copy of the District's drought plan can be viewed under Studies and Reports, 2010 Urban Water Management Plan.

District's Drought Conditions: GDPUD has issued an update regarding Stumpy Reservoir and the drought conditions.

Join the Finance Committee: The Finance Committee Members would like invite individuals in the community, interested in joining the Finance Committee to contact the District.

Meeting Times

  • Regular Board Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each Month @ 2 PM at GDPUD Main Office.

Agendas, Minutes, Recordings and Board Packets are available on the Agendas & Minutes Page.

GDPUD Overview

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District celebrated 60 years of service in 2006. The communities we serve are located in western El Dorado County among the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, situated in the heart of the Mother Lode.

  • Location – 72,000 acres serving unincorporated areas of western El Dorado County
  • Services – Irrigation and domestic water supplies, on-site wastewater disposal
  • Population of area served – 15,000
  • Formation Date – June 4, 1946
  • Type of District (Act) – California Public Utility District Act
  • Source of Water – Pilot Creek water rights
  • Amount of Water Served – Approximately 12,000 acre-feet per year
  • Predecessor Agencies – A series of private water companies dating back to 1852 and the El Dorado, Pilot and Rock Creek Canal Companies

GDPUD History

The origins of District facilities can be directly traced back to 1852 and the El Dorado, Pilot and Rock Creek Canal Companies, one of the first established water purveyors in the State of California – a not inconsequential result of James Marshall’s discovery of gold in nearby Coloma. Following the decline in gold production, agriculture and lumbering became the staple industries on the Divide for many years.

The focus of the District water supply system is the Stumpy Meadows Reservoir, a 20,000 acre-foot impoundment on Pilot Creek, at the eastern edge of the District. Water from this source of supply traverses down through some 75 miles of ditch and pipeline to provide agricultural water and raw water supplies for the District’s treated water division.

About the Georgetown Divide

The Georgetown Divide is located between the Middle and South Forks of the American River, nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Foothills and Northern California’s Gold Country. Access is through Hwy 50 and Hwy 80, making it in close proximity to either metropolitan cities or recreational activities of Lake Tahoe.

The community is a haven for those who enjoy boating, hiking, fishing and hunting, and is well known for its fine wine grapes and specialty agriculture. Events to watch for are Founder’s Day and the annual Jeepers Jamboree.

The Divide has a population of about 15,000 with 415 square miles located in El Dorado County. The communities of Garden Valley, Kelsey, Pilot Hill, Greenwood and Cool surround Georgetown.

For more information on the pleasures of living and working within the Georgetown Divide community, visit www.mygeorgetowndivide.com or www.visit-eldorado.com.

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Photographs in the header supplied by Divide residents Philbin, Dalcolletto, Holtgrieve.