Truckee Water Wells Running Dry
Private wells in Truckee are going dry and residents are blaming the Public Utility District for giving too much ground water to golf courses. Willie Albright reports.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Several wells have gone dry in parts of Truckee recently and locals believe it’s because two nearby golf courses are using one million gallons of well water a day on their greens. The Truckee-Donner Public Utility District gets its water from a vast aquifer that stretches from Donner Summit to Nevada. One of its biggest customers is East West Partners, which owns both exclusive golf courses.
The PUD says there’s no connection because private wells draw water from a separate layer of the aquifer than the golf courses. The utility also says there’s enough water in the aquifer to easily supply the area’s growing population. But critics say that assumption is based on faulty data. They want a new water study done and for East West Partners to use non-potable water on its golf courses.