Sierra Brooks Water System
Sierra County Service Area 5, Zone 5A was created by the Sierra County Board of Supervisors in 1971 by its adoption of County Resolution 71-21. This document not only created the County Service Area zone, but also set forth those extended public services that the zone could provide to properties within its boundaries. Public water was one of those approve extended services. The Board of Supervisors, in its 1969 and 1970 approval and acceptance of Sierra Brooks Subdivision Units 1 and 2A, respectively, also accepted 5.89 miles of public roads into its maintained system of roads, and accepted ownership and responsibility for the public water system. This water system is officially known and identified as “Sierra Brooks Water System”.
The Sierra Brooks Water System is owned and operated by Sierra County under a permit issued by the State Department of Health Services, Division of Drinking Water. The Board of Supervisors sits as the directors of the water system, and the county director of transportation is assigned the responsibility as “general manager” of the water system. The system is maintained by a state-licensed grade operator employed by the county on the basis of twenty (20) hours per week. The county issues an annual report on July 1 of each year which outlines the water monitoring activities that have occurred during the previous year, and is also required to submit an annual report to the State Regional Water Quality Control Board each year. View the Consumer Confidence Report.
How it Works
The Sierra Brooks Water System includes two wells/pump stations located at the north end of the Sierra Brooks Subdivision. Pump Station One was constructed in 1970, and the well at this location produces 130 gallons per minute. Pump Station Two was constructed in 1988, and the wall at this location produces 350 gallons per minute. The distribution system is under constant pressure, pumping water through the lines to a 300,000 gallon storage tank located at the south end of the subdivision. The previously used water storage tank, a bolted-steel structure, also located at the south end of the subdivision, has been converted to a single source of fire water containing 200,000 gallons of water for emergency purposes.
The Board of Supervisors annually adopts a budget for the Sierra Brooks Water System as part of its approval of a county budget. The Board of Supervisors, following an election carrying the affirmative votes of a majority of the property owners within Sierra Brooks Subdivision, approved a special tax that is collected on the annual county property tax bill View Ordinance 854.This special tax is $240 per year ($20.00 per month) for improved parcels, $120.00 per year ($10.00) per month for unimproved parcels and $75.00 per year ($6.25 per month) for improved parcels with a well within the Sierra Brooks Subdivision. This special tax can only be used to support the operation and maintenance of the Sierra Brooks Water System. In 2019 additional operation fees and loan payment for the Sierra Brooks Water Systems Improvements were approved. The Loan repayment is $246.30 per parcel per year until 2059. An additional operational tax was approved in t 2019 adding a monthly fee of $19.58 per month and a $2.27 per 1K gallons of water over the base allotment of 50,288 gallons per month.