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Used to supply public drinking water, Source Water is untreated water from streams, rivers, lakes, or underground aquifers.  The source of drinking water for many Tahoe Basin communities, including Incline Village and Crystal Bay, is Lake Tahoe. The water is pumped out the lake, managed in a water treatment facility, and delivered to customers.

Source Water Protection is protecting sources of drinking water from contaminates that are harmful to human health. The water in Lake Tahoe is of excellent quality, and treatment plants are designed to remove or inactivate microorganisms. However, emerging contaminates and increases in contaminate quantities often require new and expensive treatment upgrades and increase the threat of waterborne illness.

Everyone can help protect the quality of our drinking water through simple sanitary practices.

Things you can do:

• Do not dump portable toilets or holding tanks in or near the lake
• See a spill or boat sink, call you local Sheriff’s Department
• Always use the restroom facilities, never the lake
• Locate restroom facilities before leaving the shore to swim or boat
• Keep diapers out of the water
• Do not swim or wade if you are sick or just recovering from illness
• Pick up after your dogs

Attention All Boaters:

We are determined to try to keep Quagga Mussels, Zebra Mussels and New Zealand Mud Snails out of Lake Tahoe! Please visit before launching your craft.

Attention All RVers:

Our Treatment Plant at 1250 Sweetwater Rd offers RV dump capability Monday - Friday 8 am to 4 pm.  For questions call (775) 832-1290. 

Source Water Protection Makes Sense!

By protecting the source of our drinking water, we reduce the chance of illness and keep water supply treatment costs low. IVGID Public Works is a member of the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association (TWSA), a Lake Tahoe based partnership comprised of eight California and Nevada municipal water agencies which is dedicated to providing clean and safe drinking water.

IVGID's source water comes from Lake Tahoe and is considered some of the finest drinking water in the world.  We have received numerous water quality and source water protection awards.

Additional Links

For more information on TWSA, please go to
Environmental Protection Agency:
Your Watershed EPA

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