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Source Water Protection
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:
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 tahoeboatinspections.com before launching your craft.
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.
On Friday, January 19, 2007 TWSA received “Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award” from the Nevada Department of Conservation for providing significant strides related to the protection of drinking water source issues in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
For more information on TWSA, please go to www.tahoeh2o.org/