Water Service Relocations
Update: Project Scheduled to Start May 1, 2023 – Golden and Rainbow Avenue Watermain Relocation Project
The District will return to the Kings Beach Grid in Summer 2023 to install new watermains and fire hydrants on Golden Avenue, Rainbow Avenue, and Secline Street. Construction is scheduled to start on May 1, 2023.
This project is part of the NTPUD’s long-term effort to improve water delivery and provide adequate fire suppression supply to homes in the Kings Beach Grid. The installation of these new, larger watermains will allow the District to abandon the old, problematic and undersized backyard watermains and service lines and relinquish the existing backyard easements to property owners located on the South side of Steelhead Avenue, North and South sides of Golden Avenue, and North side of Rainbow Avenue.
- Property owners currently served by an old watermain in a backyard easement will be required to relocate their water service and connect to the new watermain.
- The District will install a new point of connection (meter box and customer shut-off valve) at the property line facing the street; however, the construction of the new water service from the building to the new point of connection is the responsibility of the property owner, as outlined in NTPUD Ordinance #361.
- Chapter 10 of the Water Ordinance – Rules & regulations regarding water service relocations.
- Chapter 8 of the Sewer Ordinance – Rules & regulations regarding sewer service relocations.
Property owners will have until September 1, 2025 to reconnect their private water service lateral to the new point of connection.
Construction Hints and Information
This information is provided to assist customers with the process for moving water or sewer services from the backyard to the front yard.
If you live on a fish street in the Kings Beach Grid where the District has not yet relocated the main to the street, it is highly recommended that you install a dry line in the front of your property if you are doing any significant work in front of your property such as construction, paving, landscaping, etc.
Provide this information to any contractor that you may put under contract. A list of local excavating and plumbing contractors is available below. Connection to the new main and construction of private property services must be completed by the deadline set by the District’s Board of Directors.
Click here for helpful information from mPower on finding a contractor.
Possible Permits Needed:
It is the responsibility of the property owner and their contractor to comply with any and all permits required for the installation of the new services. The amount of soil disturbance and plumbing modification(s) required for your properties’ specific condition determines the level of permitting needed.
Placer County Grading Permit: Required for any grading/excavation work exceeding any of the below amounts (Placer Code 15.48.120):
- Earthmoving > 3 cubic yards
- Cut > 4 feet, and
- Area of disturbance > 200 square feet
Placer County Building Permit: required for any Plumbing Modifications within the footprint of the Home. (Cal. Plumbing Code 104.0.)
Placer County Building Services may be reached directly for any permit related questions. For Grading permits: (530) 581-6227. For Building Permits: (530) 581-6200.
- The District will send an annual outreach to all customers who will be affected by future projects.
- For customers affected the next construction season, the District will notify customers of the public hearing date when the Board of Directors will set the relocation deadline.
- The District will mark proposed meter locations ahead of construction. Customer may request to adjust the location upon their review of the District staked location.
- Contact District to coordinate adjustment and obtain schedule for service install for your property. Adjustments may be made up to 1 week prior to construction of the service
- The District will construct new service box location, leaving your existing service box/meter location in the backyard live.
- Customer installs service line from new District service box location to their home.
- Prior to backfill of the service line, District requires inspection of work. Call NTPUD at (530) 546-4212 to schedule the “open trench inspection” a minimum of three (3) business days ahead desired inspection date.
- Construction shall be compliant with State and District requirements. District requirements: Customer Technical Specifications
- Once service line is completed, and customer ready to obtain service through the new line, call the NTPUD at (530) 546-4212 a minimum of two (2) business days in advance to schedule the relocation of the water meter out of the existing backyard box to new service box in the front yard and remove the old box.
The District maintains a list of contractors for the ease of our customers. The NTPUD does not promote any business or its representatives. This list represents a sample of local plumbers or contractors. You may choose any plumber regardless of their location or affiliation.
Another source of information is the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CA-TT) They have helpful information on how to find a contractor and other helpful hints.
It is your responsibility to be sure that your contractor is licensed.
Financial Assistance Information
Local Bank Options
Plumas Bank has a variety of loan products available to assist residents with their water service project.
USDA Loans and Grants
Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans
Also known as the Section 502 Direct Loan Program, this program assists low- and very-low-income applicants obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas by providing payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability. Payment assistance is a type of subsidy that reduces the mortgage payment for a short time. The amount of assistance is determined by the adjusted family income.
Rural Home Loans Fact Sheet (PDF)
Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants
Also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program, this provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards.
Repair Loans & Grants Fact Sheet (PDF)
History of Board Action:
At their May 10, 2005 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board adopted Resolution 2005-8 which established policy direction related to the need for rehabilitation of the Kings Beach Grid Water System. It is with this resolution that Board direction was provided to staff that the responsibility to reconnect to new water or sewer mains in the front of the property is that of the property owner. It also laid out a process for developers of vacant properties in the grid to be allowed to connect to the existing system on an interim basis.
At their November 13, 2006 meeting the Board of Directors adopted Ordinance 361 which indicates that the reconnection of a private sewer or water service lateral connection is the responsibility of each property owner to relocate the water service for their property at their own expense when connections are moved from the backyard to the front yard.
At their August 14, 2007 the Board heard a presentation of the Kings Beach Grid Water System Rehabilitation Report by Auerbach Engineering.
At their September 11, 2007 meeting, the Board of Directors adopted the Kings Beach Grid Water System Rehabilitation Technical Report.
Since that time, if a property owner is doing grading in the Kings Beach Grid or other places where a line is not in the street, staff notes on the response for that the District suggests that they install a dry line as part of their intended project.