Hidden Valley Lake Community Services District History:
Stonehouse Mutual Water Company was established in 1968 and supplied water to the Hidden Valley Lake subdivision. The Hidden Valley Lake Community Service District was established in 1984. A sewer system controversy led to a lawsuit between the two agencies in 1988, and was later dismissed in the spring of 1989.
Stonehouse Mutual Water Company's problems led to discussions of a merge with Hidden Valley Lake Community Services District. It was evident that one utility company resulted in tremendous cost savings, additional protection to the community by State oversight, and access to low cost loans and grants. With the passage of AB 1504, the merger of the two utilities was accomplished on January 1, 1993 at 12:01 am.
Today the Hidden Valley Lake Community Service District has 7 water storage tanks and 4 wells, which provides water to the residents in Hidden Valley Lake. The District also has an agriculture well that provides water down Putah Creek during the summer months to mimic the natural surface water flow. A sewer reclamation plant, located on Grange Road, provides reclaimed water for the Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course.
A $3 million water infrastructure improvement project was completed May 31, 2004.
December 2012 the District's Photovoltaic Project went online. This innovative project is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development and was funded with an $885,000 grant and a $640,000 low interest loan. The District hasreceived a $200,000 PG&E rebate for the project. As the trend of power prices continues to rise, the cost of electricity will remain constant for the District, and the substantial offset to the District’s electric bill will cover the full loan payment.
To meet power demands at the District’s Water Reclamation Plant, Real Goods Solar, San Rafael, has installed 1176 Sharp 240W solar panels, covering 35,000 square feet. The panels are expected to produce 420,000 kWh per year.
2012 (See June 2013 newsletter)
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