Water issues at Grass Valley City Council | TheUnion.com

Water issues at Grass Valley City Council

Tuesday night Grass Valley Public Works Director Tim Kiser presented the city council with a summary water conservation measures being imposed by the state, and as well as options for local strategies to reduce water use.

Mandatory water conservation measures being implemented statewide prohibit watering outdoor landscaping in a manner that causes runoff, using a hose to dispense potable water without a nozzle, application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks or using water for fountains without a recirculation system.

The city also has the option of implementing its own water conservation measures, like making sure the city repairs water leaks, and encouraging property owners to do the same.

The city could implement its own fines for those who violate mandatory water conservation requirements. There might also be provisions included for immediate health and safety issues, like animal feces or body fluids on a public sidewalk.

In other water-related business, the city announced Tuesday night that they’ve reached a new agreement with Newmont Mining Corporation that will allow Newmont to install a temporary and permanent water treatment system for the Drew Tunnel.

At present, Drew Tunnel flows are treated in the city’s wastewater treatment plant — but that may soon come to an end.

Under the terms of a previous agreement with Newmont, this new water treatment facility was supposed to be completed no later than February of 2013, but there were provisions that allowed for wiggle room. The new agreement includes enhanced enforcement options, like binding arbitration with Newmont.

The Drew Tunnel, and other mining sites in Nevada County, were the subject of a Civil Grand Jury report in June.

The council also approved a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2014/15, with projected revenues of $9.6 million.

To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, send emails to dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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