Blue Lake Springs
Mutual Water Company
Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company was created to provide an adequate supply of good quality water for domestic use at a reasonable cost to the Blue Lake Springs Development located in Arnold, CA.
In the Beginning:
An operating permit from the State Board of Health was first issued in 1962 to the Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company. Actually, the name of the water company was originally Lake Mont Pines Mutual Water Company when the first Articles of Incorporation were applied for in March 16, 1962 and was changed to the current name in June of that same year.
The initial groundwater source was of limited quality and quantity. In 1965 BLSMWC elected to purchase treated surface water from Calaveras County Water District (CCWD). CCWD’s supplies were limited and during the drought years of the 1970’s it placed severe restrictions on usage as well as substantially increasing charges for water supplied. BLSMWC was forced to seek an independent source and in 1979 constructed and began operating a plant for treating water from wells developed near Lodge Lake. These served into the mid 1980’s when the quantity available became insufficient, again requiring purchases from CCWD.
Because of rapid growth throughout the Ebbetts Pass area CCWD supplies were still limited. To solve a mutual shortage problem BLSMWC and CCWD, in 1987, entered into a joint venture to develop new high production wells at White Pines Lake (our current Wells 1 and 2). This project was very successful. Not only was Blue Lake Springs needs being fulfilled, but an equivalent amount was available for CCWD.
The Growing Years:
The number of homes served by BLSMWC increased at an average annual rate of 45 new connections a year from 973 in 1980 to 1423 at the end of 1989. Early projections stated that in another 10 years, 400 to 500 additional homes will be added to the system. This will be approaching a full build out for Blue Lake Springs. In fact, we are currently serving 1711 homes out of the 2024 shares originally issued to the developer Kenneth DeMeuse.
DROUGHT STAGE 3 IN EFFECT
Due to the continuing and possibly worsening effects of lack of rainfall and snowpack in California, the Board of Directors of Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company mandated that Stage 3 be implemented on our Drought Action Plan as of
March 16, 2015
Mandatory restrictions on water use
All outside watering is SUPSENDED
Reduce inside usage by 35%
BLSMWC Drought Action Plan
This Drought Action Plan serves as a detailed work plan for Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company staff, not only during drought conditions, but before and after as well. It includes specific actions for management of the water supply and demand, addresses the impacts associated with drought, and facilitates the timely implementation of effective drought responses.
On April 12, 2014 the Board of Directors of Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company adopted a Drought Action Plan. This Drought Action Plan for Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company with Water Supply Conditions, Drought Stages; Objectives, and Response Actions needs to be adopted by the Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company’s Board of Directors.
For more information, please visit the water company's website at www.blsmwc.com.