Tahoe City Public Utility District

January 2024 Newsletter

TCPUD at Your Service

In this Issue:

  • A message from Sean Barclay, TCPUD General Manager
  • Low Income Residential Water Customer Rate Assistance Program
  • TCPUD Recognized for Supporting Important Legislative Initiatives
  • North Lake Tahoe Active Needs Assessment Joint Special Meeting
  • Welcome to the TCPUD Team
  • Quick Links & Things to Do

As we usher in the new year, I want to express my sincere thanks for your trust in our team. I’m proud of the hardworking individuals who deliver your water, sewer, parks, and recreation services. Their commitment to building a healthy mountain community through public service is truly commendable.

Reflecting on the historic and challenging winter of 2023, our team demonstrated unwavering dedication to maintaining critical services, even when navigating extreme conditions. Their passion and hard work serve as the foundation of our continued success.  It is a privilege to serve as General Manager alongside a team who are passionate about public service and to witness their dedication to the health and safety of our community every day.

I am also grateful for the steady leadership and governance of our Board of Directors. We are fortunate to have a Board that understands the community’s needs and has the foresight to ensure a future of reliable water supply for both household use and fire suppression, environmentally sound sewer services, safe and clean park facilities and engaging recreation programs. Their commitment to service is evident in long-term financial planning and strategic prioritization.

Our team’s commitment to excellence in public service was noted outside the Basin in 2023 and we are proud of receiving the following statewide recognition for our outstanding service and contributions to the community. 

  • Transparency Certificate of Excellence (Special District Leadership Foundation) for our efforts to promote transparency and good governance.
  • Exceptional Public Outreach & Advocacy Award (California Special Districts Association) for our ongoing initiative and action to protect our community from wildfire by improving water infrastructure for firefighting.
  • Excellence in Financial Reporting Award (Government Finance Officers Association) for our financial stewardship and transparency in governmental accounting and financial reporting.
  • ACWA Outreach Award – Region 3 (Association of California Water Agencies) for our proactive work in monitoring and responding to important statewide legislative initiatives that will impact our water customers.

Looking ahead to 2024, our goal is to serve with a continued emphasis on people, safety, quality, and collaboration. This commitment is reflected in our Board approved 2024 Capital Budget of over $20 million for important projects that protect our environment and make a positive difference in our community. These projects include:

  • West Lake Tahoe Regional Water Treatment Plant
  • North Shore Multi-Use Trail reconstruction
  • Smart water meter installation
  • Sewer Pump Station storage improvements
  • Tahoe Cedars and Madden Creek Water System reconstruction

As we embark on this new year, we want to strengthen our connection with you. Your thoughts, questions, and feedback matter to us. We invite you to actively engage with us in shaping the future of the Tahoe City Public Utility District. If you have a suggestion or question about our services or ongoing projects, feel free to reach out at info@tcpud.org or 530-583-3796.  We believe that together we achieve more. Let’s work together to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for our mountain community. 

Yours in Service,

Sean Barclay 

NEW Low Income Residential Water Customer Assistance Program

The new Low Income Residential Water Customer Assistance Program provides an opportunity for eligible TCPUD water customers to receive a 50% reduction to their current ¾ inch Monthly Residential Water Metered Base Charge. In 2024, this can reduce your residential water bill by $47.29 per month.

Interested TCPUD water customers can apply anytime throughout the year and must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Reside as a primary resident at a TCPUD water service address.
  • Responsible for paying the TCPUD water utility bill.
  • Active enrollment in the Liberty Utilities CARE program at the same address as your TCPUD water service address and ability to provide proof of current enrollment.
  • Water consumption has not exceeded the Tier 1 water limit for the prior 12 months.
  • Submit a completed TCPUD Water Rate Assistance application.

Please note, the application period restarts annually on January 1. For the application and more information about the Program, visit tcpud.org/rate-assistance.

Learn More and Apply

TCPUD Recognized for Supporting Important Legislative Initiatives

TCPUD Recognized as Association of California Water Agencies Region 3 Winner

The Tahoe City Public Utility District was recognized by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) as the Region 3 Winner for the 2023 Outreach Recognition Awards at ACWA's Fall Conference in November.

This award recognizes TCPUD's efforts and hard work supporting important ACWA initiatives over the past year that impact our customers. Notably, TCPUD's close work with ACWA legislative advocates has resulted in significant support for the critical issue of water infrastructure for fire suppression. 

Read more in Latest News...

2023 California Special Districts Association Special Advocacy All Star

The TCPUD is one of the 25 recognized Special Districts by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) as a 2023 Advocacy All-Star for responding to CSDA's three major Calls-to-Action. The calls to action were focused on preserving the ability to meet essential services and infrastructure needs, protecting the democratic process of voter thresholds, and ensuring flexibility for governing bodies to meet Brown Act requirements. TCPUD is thankful to work with CSDA and make a difference in our community.

CSDA 2023 Advocacy All Stars

2023 California Special Districts Association Special Districts Tour

TCPUD, together with the North Tahoe Public Utility District and North Tahoe Fire Protection District, was featured in this year’s California Special Districts Association Virtual Tour, attended by members and staff of the California Legislature and Congressional Delegation.

The virtual tour featured a video highlighting our work in North Lake Tahoe in partnership with the Tahoe Water for Fire Suppression Partnership to secure state and federal funding to replace and upgrade our municipal water systems with water infrastructure needed to improve fire suppression. Together, we are working to protect our communities from catastrophic wildfires.

To learn more about this critical water infrastructure for fire suppression work and to watch the video, visit the Tahoe Water for Fire website at www.tahoewaterforfire.org.

Tahoe Water For Fire

North Lake Tahoe Active Needs Assessment Joint Special Meeting - TCPUD & NTPUD

The North Tahoe Public Utility District and Tahoe City Public Utility District will host a Joint Special Board Meeting this Wednesday, January 31st, at 11:00 a.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach, to determine possible next steps regarding a combined Recreation and Aquatic Center on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

This public meeting will include a review of recent public polling results. Anyone interested in this potential project is encouraged to attend in person or online.

Learn About the Facility
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Welcome to the TCPUD Team!

We are happy to welcome our newest member to the Utilities team:

Joel Garcia

Utilities Operations Specialist I

Quick Links & Things To Do

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