BROOKTRAILS TOWNSHIP NEWS
LITTLE LAKE VALLEY REGION
CONNECTION MORATORIUM ORDERED
BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT OF THE STATEWIDE DROUGHT
ON THE EEL RIVER, AS OF OCTOBER 17, 2014 AN ORDER
ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM
ON NEW WATER CONNECTIONS HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE STATE WATER
RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD TO ALL THE MUNICIPAL WATER PROVIDERS
AROUND THE LITTLE LAKE VALLY INCLUDING BROOKTRAILS TOWNSHIP,
OF WILLITS, AND PINE MOUNTAIN MUTUAL WATER COMPANY. (COPIES
OF THE ORDERS MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE
STATE WEB SITE
WHICH INDICATES AN ADDITIONAL 19 OTHER WATER
SYSTEMS AROUND THE STATE RECEIVED SUCH ORDERS.)
BROOKTRAILS ORDER ALSO CAN BE
VIEWED HERE . FOR
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
September 10, 2014, the limit has been revised to
gallons per day or 5,100 per month.
To help our community save water, visit
our links to useful water conservation information.
What You Need to Know about the Willits Wastewater Treatment Plant Dispute
UPDATE. In a September
17, 2014, letter from the Willits Mayor to the Brooktrails Board President
it was insinuated that an engineering representative of the Board of Directors
at the behest of Brooktrails officials engaged in "a planned mission,
attempting to lay a trap with the hope that City staff would violate its permit and accept diesel
fuel mischaracterized as septage." It was, of course, not true.
The letter was written less than eight weeks before the
upcoming election. The Brooktrails engineering representative
who has an unsullied reputation is from a Willits-area business
providing professional engineering services to many local
private clients. The City had not made the letter public.
Brooktrails did not respond.
Unfortunately, the City Manager at the October 28, 2014,
Brooktrails Board of Director's meeting insisted the letter be
made public and that the Brooktrails Board President respond.
view the letter exchange
(it is a large PDF file
with functional links to state websites). As noted
in Board President William's letter to Mayor Madrigal: "The
Brooktrails Board is choosing to not take offense at the
accusations in your final paragraph in the spirit of needed
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
Read a complete explanation of the Brooktrails viewpoint
in a June 2014 update here
BROOKTRAILS 2013 CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT ON DRINKING WATER QUALITY
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