Public Utility District
The Valley Springs Sanitary District was formed in February of 1940. Paperwork was started to get the permits required from the state of California to put in a collection system and a Imhoff tank and Oxidizing Lagoon. At that time the system consisted of a drainage ditch to carry liquids away from town. Due to unforeseen circumstances and then war time the existing collections system and the initial plant were not built until 1957. Over the past 50 years there has been many upgrades done to the plant including a 92 acre foot storage pond and a 36 acre spray disposal area.
The first water system in Valley Springs Consisted of reservoir water that was brought via an Aqueduct from the Mokelumne River. Parts of that Aqueduct can still be seen today along Paloma Rd. The Pattee family put in wells and a new reservoir and piped it to town. That was known as Valley Springs Water Works.
In 1948 with the help of the Valley Springs Improvement Club, Valley Springs Public Utility District was formed. Within A few years VSPUD bought the entire water works from the Pattee family and formed a fire department. Over the next few years a new storage tank was added along with the existing 100,000 gallon tank bringing the
storage capacity to 300,000 gallons.
In 2011, after five years of planning, VSPUD secured a loan/grant with USDA for a new Well and Storage Tank. The Tank added an additional 200,000 gallon capacity of water storage for Valley Springs.
Valley Springs PUD and Valley Springs Sanitary District were merged to become VSPUD just a few years ago. The Directors were merged into one governing board. Valley Springs PUD currently serves approximately 400 homes and businesses in the town of Valley Springs.
VSPUD ORDINANCE NO. 93-01
1.6 WATER CONSERVATION
The Board has declared drought conditions exist, which means indiscriminate running of water will not be allowed between June 1 and October 31. The following provisions, in addition to all other regulations, shall be enforced:
Watering of lawns or gardens between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. will not be permitted.
All leaks, breaks, or malfunctions in the water user’s plumbing or distribution system shall be fixed within 24 hours of discovery.
All washing of vehicles or boats shall be done thru a quick acting shut-off nozzle.
All non self-service commercial car wash operators shall reclaim the soapy water solution or submit a conservation plan to District prior to operation.
All restaurants shall serve water to customers only on request.
Water shall not be used for cleaning building exteriors except with a bucket and sponge. A pressurized hose used for the sole purpose of preparing surfaces for repairing or repainting is exempt from this provision.
No water shall be used in publicly displayed ornamental fountains.
Hosing down driveways, parking lots, patios, and sidewalks will not be allowed.
Draining and refilling of existing swimming pools between June 1 and October 31 will not be allowed.
A “surcharge” fee up to $100 for each day of a violation may be imposed by District for any violation of this Section. The surcharge fee may be added to the water bill.