GSD Received a Notice of Violation
After their most recent Board of Directors meeting, the following press release signed by Garbeville Sanitary District’s General Manager, Ralph Emerson was issued. Item #3 refers to a Notice of Violation from the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Rights.
FROM GARBERVILLE SANITARY DISTRICT
On Tuesday November 27th, Garberville Sanitary District Board of Directors met for their monthly Board meeting and included are the highlights of that meeting.
- There was discussion which requires more research about having Randalls Sand and Gravel recovery operation directly over and in close proximity to the GSD raw water intake gallery which provides the potable water for Garberville. Concern was raised about high turbidity after the recovery process takes place and the potential for destruction of the intake gallery pipes under the gravel recovery area. Staff was directed to do more research and report those findings at the next Board meeting.
- The water treatment plant chlorine contact chamber was discussed along with the State Water Boards investigation of its efficiency. After one year from when the contact chamber failed, we are operating with our new Highland Tank baffled chlorine contact chamber and grateful to have an above ground system which can be monitored while avoiding the disaster of last year.
- The Board discussed the recent emergency “bulk water” demands for fires and emergency road repairs for Cal Trans and Humboldt County. The State water Board has issued a directive which prohibits GSD from providing water for road repairs and when approached by these public agencies in the future, GSD will only provide water if approved by the State Water Board.
Garberville Sanitary District would like to thank those who participate in providing input on how to better serve our customers and the community. We are committed to providing safe potable water and efficient customer service, directed through transparent Board governance.
Garberville Sanitary District
You can read relevant information in the Board of Directors’ packet posted at the Garberville Sanitary District’s webpage on pages 42 through 46. The packet includes the District’s defense and the official Notice of Violation.
The Division of Water Rights responded by email to questions about how this may impact CalFire’s needs, writing, “The CDO (Cease and Desist Order) and Notice of Violation (NOV) is not intended to prevent CalFire from doing what they need to do, including diverting water from the GSD system, to fight fires or respond to an emergency.”
And DWR staff elaborated, “The NOV we sent GSD was about airport construction. The NOV would be against planned construction projects that are not emergencies. Taking water for emergency fire situations would not fall under the NOV.”