CSD says community's water rights aren't affected by state warning

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With the state in its third year of drought, it's hard to understand that Rancho Murieta's reservoirs will be full this year, just as they were last year. The Community Services District explained that in a letter mailed to ratepayers last week, but a letter from the state Water Resources Control Board has raised questions. Media reports characterize the letter as a warning that rights to divert water could be curtailed. Read more » about CSD says community's water rights aren't affected by state warning

CSD outlines water situation and how it handles the community's water

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In a letter to its customers, the Community Services District outlined this winter's water situation and gave a plain-speaking explanation of how it gathers water in the wet season to serve the community during the dry season. Read more » about CSD outlines water situation and how it handles the community's water

CSD is resuming talks with developers, moving toward new water pricing

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Negotiations between the Community Services District and developers will resume next week, CSD General Manager Ed Crouse announced at Wednesday's board meeting. The board also supported moving towards a tiered pricing structure for water to encourage conservation, although directors emphasized there is no water shortage in the community. Read more » about CSD is resuming talks with developers, moving toward new water pricing

New CHP office will serve area

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A new California Highway Patrol office opens this month and residents can expect to see more officers patrolling Highway 16. In other business at this month's Community Services District board meeting, there was an update on negotiations with developers for a financing agreement to provide more than $10 million in new infrastructure. Read more » about New CHP office will serve area

CRES pupils are drinking bottled water after power outage hits well

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Cosumnes River Elementary school pupils and staff are drinking bottled water after the school’s well lost pressure Wednesday. Power to the well was accidentally cut off during repair work on the air conditioning system, Principal Mike Gulden said by phone Wednesday afternoon. Read more » about CRES pupils are drinking bottled water after power outage hits well

CSD acts to protect Security officers from lawsuits -- but not expand powers

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The Community Services District board of directors voted to grant indemnity from civil lawsuits to patrol officers making a citizen’s arrest, but decided to monitor security operations over the next six months before considering changes in the department’s powers. Other board decisions at Wednesday’s meeting included requiring developers to pay CSD’s legal expenses for negotiating an agreement to provide water and sewer services for new development before resuming negotiations. The board also heard from a group of residents about problems with midge flies at Laguna Joaquin. Read more » about CSD acts to protect Security officers from lawsuits -- but not expand powers

CSD's water-storage requirements leave golf courses thirsty

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When the storage in the wastewater treatment plant ponds dropped below 100 acre-feet last October, the announcement was greeted with applause from board members, staff and spectators at the Rancho Murieta Community Services District board meeting. It had taken four years and cost the CSD $200,000 in fines and thousands more to dispose of stored wastewater to meet a requirement set by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Read more » about CSD's water-storage requirements leave golf courses thirsty

CSD cited -- but not fined -- for spilling treated wastewater

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The Rancho Murieta Community Services District has received a notice of violation from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board for spilling up to 150,000 gallons of treated wastewater in May. The July 16 notice advises the CSD that failure to comply with discharge requirements may result in further enforcement action, including a fine, but it does not impose a fine. The spill was the result of an operator error.

The recycled water overflowed from a lake located at the entrance to Murieta South May 27 after a plant operator mistakenly left an automatic valve open in the manual mode. This kept the valve from shutting off when the high-water level was reached. Read more » about CSD cited -- but not fined -- for spilling treated wastewater

Rio Oso water tank is back in service

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The Rio Oso Tank is back online, the Community Services District announced this week. That's good news for the 700 households in Units 3 and 4, the area above the second Guadalupe Drive on the North. The 1.2-million-gallon tank supplies water for the pressurized system that serves the area.

After workers finished applying a protective coating to the interior of the tank, the refilling process began July 4 and was completed 48 hours later, the CSD said. Water samples were then collected on two consecutive days and tested for bacterialogical and organic compounds. According to the CSD, no compounds were detected and the tank was put back in service late Tuesday afternoon. Read more » about Rio Oso water tank is back in service

Countdown to July 4 has begun

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The netting for the fireworks safe zone was in place, blankets were filling the lawn and flags were waving over Murieta Parkway Thursday morning as a steady stream of residents headed to the Rancho Murieta Association Building to pick up vehicle passes for their July 4 visitors. More than 1,300 passes had been given out at that point, according to RMA staff. Read more » about Countdown to July 4 has begun

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