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What You Need to Know about the Willits Wastewater Treatment Plant Dispute

    UPDATE.  At its August 5, 2014 meeting the Brooktrails Township Board of Directors adopted a resolution expressing a concern that a large volume of partially treated sewage from the Willits sewage treatment plant is percolating directly into the groundwater in the Little Lake Valley. About 20% of this sewage is from Brooktrails homes and businesses. The concern is the potential impact on our neighbors in the Little Lake Valley who depend upon wells for their water.

You can read more about this sewage-to-groundwater issue in an August 2014 update here.

   The Brooktrails Township and the City of Willits, since 2005, have been involved in a financial dispute over the allocation of costs for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant and, since 1997, over the allocation of operating costs for the treatment plant. The City of Willits is demanding that Brooktrails Township Community Services District ratepayers pay to treat sewage produced by City ratepayers.

    The dispute involves $2,000,000+ in project costs for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant and $150+ per Brooktrails residence in operating costs over the past eight years. To make matters worse, after subtracting the Township's exclusive flow capacity rights the new Wastewater Treatment Plant capacity is not large enough to handle sewage flows from the City and, as explained above, may be discharging millions of gallons of wastewater annually into the Little Lake Valley groundwater table.

    Every Brooktrails Township ratepayer should become informed about this financial dispute.

Read a complete explanation of the Brooktrails viewpoint in a June 2014 update here


A WATER EMERGENCY HAS BEEN DECLARED

A water emergency has been declared in the Brooktrails Township limiting water use by each Brooktrails water customer. As of August 12, 2014, the limit has been revised to 200 gallons per day or 6,000 per month.

To help our community save water, visit our links to useful water conservation information.

Also you can click on the "Save Our Water" picture above to see more about the statewide drought emergency effort and how you can help. On Friday, January 17, Governor  Brown declared a statewide State of Emergency stating: "“We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens, including dramatically less water for our farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas."



Related to the drought, a high threat of wildfire exists. An outdoor fire Burn Ban is in effect in the Brooktrails Township and Mendocino County. And the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District is requesting that County residents limit fireplace and wood stove use whenever possible and burn wood only when necessary for comfort.


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