General Manager's Update
Dear NTPUD Customers and Community,
In coordination with California's June 15 reopening, I am pleased to share how the North Tahoe Public Utility District is moving forward and provide an update on infrastructure improvements underway this summer.
Last month, we were able to reopen our main office at 875 National Avenue in Tahoe Vista. We are once again welcoming customers and the public at our front desk for items such as in-person plan reviews, facility reservations, utility bill payments, and other general inquiries.
The District's recreation facilities have transitioned to summer hours and all of the amenities in the North Tahoe Regional Park are open and ready for summer activities. Tahoe Treetop Adventures is operating daily and taking reservations online. Regrettably, due to low water levels, the boat launch at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area will not operate this summer. However, public access to the beach is open and Tahoe Adventure Company is offering kayak and paddleboard rentals and guided tours.
The North Tahoe Event Center is hosting fitness classes again and booking events. As we advance past June 15 our staff are very excited to welcome back community events, meetings, and weddings to the Event Center.
Our Utility Operations Department has also transitioned back to a regular summer schedule. Crews are busy throughout our community performing annual maintenance, preparing our systems for increased summer use, and addressing issues as needed. Please remember to call our office first, (530) 546-4212, if you have a sewer issue or suspect a water leak.
Capital Improvement Projects
The District has several capital improvement projects underway this summer, including significant utility infrastructure upgrades and recreation facility enhancements.
The complete rehabilitation of our National Sewer Pump Station within the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area is underway and progressing nicely. Construction crews have completed the underground portions of the project and are moving forward to install new sewer pumps, motors, controls, valves, and improved piping, as well as a new emergency generator and upgraded electrical equipment.
Further down Highway 28 near Moon Dunes Beach, construction on our N-1 Satellite Sewer Pump Station is also going well. Construction crews have completed demolition of the old sewer pump station and are working to install new pumps and upgraded electrical equipment. Click the video links below to learn more about each project.
In the North Tahoe Regional Park, construction crews have removed the old synthetic turf from Field #4 and are making significant progress on the field upgrades. This much-needed project will extend the life of the field and expand the playable turf from 72,000 to 112,000 square feet, making it a full-size NCAA/NAIA sanctioned soccer and lacrosse field. Crews will also be paving a new pathway next week to create a fully accessible trail loop that will connect the Park's tennis courts to the upper parking lot.
Lastly, our Engineering Department is moving forward with two additional infrastructure projects scheduled for Fall 2021 that will replace 1,000 linear feet of watermain on Grey Lane and Toyon Road and rehabilitate one of our primary water storage tanks near the Dollar Hill neighborhood.
On June 8, 2021, the NTPUD Board of Directors adopted the District’s 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Operating and Capital Improvement Program Budget. Over the next 12 months, we will be moving forward with continued utility infrastructure improvements, new recreation programming and community activity planning, and an exciting series of improvements to our public websites and community outreach.
In the coming weeks, we will also be announcing updates to our Water Conservation Rebate Program as we continue to foster a culture of water conservation and provide resources for our customers to maintain our water use within the 20% by 2020 regulations.
If you are not already, I encourage you to follow the District’s social media accounts, connect with us on Nextdoor.com, and share this email newsletter with your friends and neighbors. There are a lot of new and exciting things happening across the North Tahoe Public Utility District!
As we return to a more normal way of life across North Lake Tahoe, I am excited to once again gather as a community to watch a Movie in the Park and host events with our partners such as the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and the North Tahoe Business Association.
Moving forward, our entire staff remains dedicated to providing efficient, safe, and accountable water and sewer service; and world-class recreation and event facilities and program activities that enhance the well-being of our community.
Bradley A. Johnson, P.E.