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March 16, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: NYWD Office Closed to the Public

​To minimize personal contact, we are closing our office to the public. While our office is closed, our Staff is still available to assist with your needs. Our phone lines will remain open during regular business hours, from 7:30am to 4:00pm to provide customer service, and take payments via debit/credit card (530) 675-2567.

You can use our website to make payments via debit/credit card.

Or choose to use our mail slot to the right of the door, to drop off checks or applications.

 We apologize for the inconvenience and hope our community understands.

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January 22, 2020

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November 20, 2019

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October 17, 2019

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October 15, 2019

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF THE YUBA WATER AGENCY:

Yuba Water Agency approves grant for project to provide reliable, safe drinking water

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2019) -- Residents in Challenge, Rackerby, Brownsville and Forbestown will have a more reliable, safe drinking water supply with the help of funding from Yuba Water Agency. 

 

The grant, worth up to $225,725, was approved today by the water agency and provides the necessary funds for the North Yuba Water District to continue its Forbestown Ditch to Pipeline Replacement Project, which is the conveyance system that provides water to approximately 3,100 customers in the foothill communities. 

 

“This is a very good project that will be extremely beneficial to the community,” said Yuba Water Agency Vice Chairman Randy Fletcher. “It will ensure that North Yuba Water District customers have better access to a reliable supply of safe drinking water.”

 

Water is currently delivered through an unpiped ditch, which has experienced multiple breaches in the past. Additionally, up to 60 percent of the water traveling down the ditch is lost due to seepage and evaporation, and the remaining is prone to contamination from dirt, trash, metals and illegal marijuana grows.

 

“Piping the ditch will vastly improve, if not completely resolve, the issues that we currently experience,” said NYWD General Manager Jeff Maupin. “This will be extremely beneficial for delivering water to our customers and curtailing the amount of water that is currently lost.”

 

NYWD will use the funding from Yuba Water Agency for the next phase of the project, which includes, but is not limited to, California Environmental Quality Act work, landowner agreements and further grant preparations. 


Yuba Water Agency invests in infrastructure projects like this to ensure access to a safe, reliable water supply for Yuba County residents, which is one of the agency’s primary mission areas.    

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September 24, 2019

Forbestown Ditch Piping Project Plan Approved

In a major milestone for the Forbestown Ditch Piping Project, the North Yuba Water District (NYWD) Board of Directors approved the Project plans and scope of work during a special meeting earlier this month.

Approximately two years ago, NYWD received a $500,000 planning grant from the California State Water Resources Control Board “Prop 1 funds” to complete this engineering phase of the Project, including creation of a construction plan and final construction budget, now estimated at $10 Million.

With help from a second grant, awarded Monday from the Yuba Water Agency for $225,000, the Project will continue uninterrupted into permitting and environmental reviews, the final phase before construction.

Originally dug in the 1860’s, the Forbestown Ditch is an unlined, open canal, approximately 10 miles long. The Ditch conveys water to the NYWD Treatment Pond, and is the sole source of drinking water for approximately 3,100 residents of Brownsville, Challenge, Rackerby and Forbestown.

Moving to a piped Ditch will lower the possibility of breaches like the those recently experienced in 2017 and 2018. A piped Ditch will also save a significant amount of water lost from seepage and evaporation, increase the amount of water available for customers and eliminate a vast majority of dirt, trash and contamination from entering the treatment pond.

“Our customers have endured massive blowouts on the Ditch, and periods of uncertainty with their drinking water,” said NYWD General Manager, Jeff Maupin. “Piping the Ditch was literally a ‘pipe dream’ until a few years ago. Now through the actions of our Board of Directors and the availability of Prop 1 funds, piping the Ditch is finally a possibility.”

NYWD was recently designated as a Severely Disadvantaged Community (SDAC) with an annual median household income less than 60 percent of the Statewide annual income. Potential funding sources to complete the construction include an additional Prop 1 grant of up to $5 Million from the State and a matching grant of up to $5 Million from the Yuba Water Agency.

“This is truly an historic project for the North Yuba Water District,” said Randy Fletcher, Yuba County Supervisor and Yuba Water Agency Director. “When you consider the Ditch was constructed when Abraham Lincoln was President, these residents are long overdue for a safe, secure way to receive their water.”

The Forbestown Ditch has quite a storied past. First called the “Miner’s Ditch,” the Ditch and the District have changed ownership and names several times, and weathered numerous epic blowouts over its 150 years. Historical photos of the “Miner’s Ditch” are on the NYWD website, and an actual segment of an old wooden flume, used to repair a breached segment of the Ditch, is on display at the Forbestown Museum.

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September 11, 2019

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September 10, 2019

State Water Resource Control Board Ends Investigation of NYWD, Finds No Wrongdoing

Complaints by two local unnamed residents were filed with the State Water Board, claiming NYWD had intentionally submitted misleading statements in a grant application. This prompted an investigation which was closed today and a statement was issued by the State Water Resource s Control Board Office of Enforcement clearing NYWD of all allegations:

"CONCLUSIONS: The investigation did not find credible evidence of an intentional omission of facts, misrepresentation, or fabrication of data that would alter the eligibility of the grant application. The Quit Claim relationship between NYWD and SFWPA was provided in the application. Reliable aluminum data showing exceedances of the MCL in the ditch water was provided by the NYWD in their application, and that data was not treated by the DFA as significant in ranking the application. The DFA acknowledged the benefit to irrigation water customers as well as to domestic users in their evaluation of the application prepared by Northstar and Mr. Maupin on behalf of the NYWD. The grant application was reviewed, in accordance with the DFA’s standard practice, in a 19-step process documented in the application assessment package. The application package provided by NYWD was compliant with State Water Board requirements, and as a result the Forbestown Ditch Planning Project was determined to be eligible for funding."

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May 07, 2019

Forbestown Ditch Breach Repaired

On May 7th, the following robocall was sent to NYWD domestic water customers:

This is an update message for our customers. I’m Jeff Maupin, General Manager of North Yuba Water District. Late Thursday a blowout occurred in a section of the Forbestown Ditch, north of the treatment plant. I’m happy to report the repairs have been successfully completed and water is again flowing to the treatment plant.

Thank you for your help conserving water during this incident, it is now safe to resume all normal water activities.

Should any new issue arise, I will contact you like this, with an automated call again.

Thank you for your patience and support. You can always reach us here at the North Yuba Water District at 530-675-2567.

May 05, 2019

Forbestown Ditch Breach - Message to Domestic Water Customers

On May 5th, the following robocall was sent to NYWD domestic water customers:

This is an important message for our customers. I’m Jeff Maupin, General Manager of North Yuba Water District. Late Thursday a blowout occurred in a section of the Forbestown Ditch, north of the treatment plant. This breach has completely stopped the flow of water reaching our treatment pond, the source for your potable water.

Repair crews have already identified the location of the breach and begun repairs. We believe the repairs can be complete by early this week.

The treatment pond stores enough water for 10-14 days of potable water, so we do not anticipate a disruption in service, but in an abundance of caution, we are asking all North Yuba Water District customers to actively conserve water and avoid all unnecessary water-related activities until the ditch is repaired.

I will contact you again when more information becomes available. Thank you. Should you have any questions before then, please contact the North Yuba Water District at 530-675-2567.

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December 21, 2018

NYWD Receives Grant for Irrigation System Repairs

North Yuba Water District (NYWD) has received a $75,000 grant from the United States Bureau of Reclamation’s Water SMART program to make additional improvements to their irrigation canal system.

The project enabled NYWD to significantly reduce water loss and ditch maintenance expenses by piping a portion of the canal especially prone to water seepage.

“This year, and in all years when Mother Nature does not give us an overabundance of water, we were not able to provide an irrigation season to our customers,” said NYWD General Manager, Jeff Maupin. “It’s important that we piped the worst spots, so if Mother Nature gives us a good year again, we can stretch that water supply a little further.”

Letters of support for the grant were submitted by Congressman John Garamendi, Senator Jim Nielsen, Assemblyman James Gallagher, the Yuba Water Agency and Yuba County Supervisor Randy Fletcher.

“Irrigation water is critical for small agricultural businesses and critical for fire protection,” said Supervisor Fletcher.  “I was happy to write this letter of support and I will continue to do everything I can to secure funding for future NYWD projects.”

NYWD provides irrigation water to over 100 parcels in Dobbins and Oregon House, and provides domestic water service to approximately 2500 residents in Brownsville, Forbestown, Rackerby and Challenge. For more information about the NYWD, visit www.NYWD.org.

September 27, 2018

In 2017, we identified locations on the Irrigation Ditches with the worst water loss. As promised, in late summer 2018, we began installing pipe at these hot-spots. A video showing one finished piped area is now on our Irrigation web page. Over the last couple months, our crews have been working on about a dozen locations throughout the irrigation ditches. Piping the worst seepage locations will help us to maximize any water available in coming years.

Thank you for your patience through this process. Should you have any questions, please contact the North Yuba Water District at 530-675-2567.

August 20, 2018

Maintenance and Repairs to Irrigation Ditches Started

Here's the text of an automated call sent to irrigation customers today:

This is a message for our North Yuba Water District irrigation customers. I’m Jeff Maupin, General Manager.  

Last year, we identified locations on the Irrigation Ditches with the worst water loss. As promised, today we began installing pipe at these hot-spots. Over the next couple months, our crews will be working on about a dozen locations throughout the irrigation ditches. Piping the worst seepage locations will help us to maximize any water available in coming years.

Thank you for your patience through this process. Should you have any questions, please contact the North Yuba Water District at 530-675-2567.

May 22, 2018

North Yuba Water District Announces Maintenance and Repairs to Irrigation Ditches

Brownsville, CA – May 22, 2018 – North Yuba Water District (NYWD) will begin maintenance, grooming and a series of repairs and piping projects to their approximately 22 miles of irrigation ditches.

In addition to domestic water service, NYWD provides irrigation water to 119 customers in Dobbins and Oregon House. Irrigation customers were informed last month that there would be no irrigation water this season due to a number of reasons, including onerous contractual obligations with neighboring South Feather Water and Power (SFWP), significant water losses along the unpiped Forbestown Ditch and continued drought conditions.

While the irrigation ditches are dry this summer, NYWD will perform a series of maintenance and repairs:

  • Inmate work crews are set to start this week clearing overgrown areas.

  • The District’s recently purchased excavator will be put to use to de-silt and shape the irrigation ditches.

  • The excavator’s flail mower attachment will be used to remove debris and vegetation.

  • Ten sections of the irrigation ditch that traditionally experience the greatest seepage issues, totaling approximately 1,700 linear feet (about 1/3 mile), will be piped.

  • “Walter’s Y,” the convergence point of the three sections of irrigation ditches, will be rebuilt with reinforced concreate and larger headgates.

 

“It’s important that we make productive use of this dry season and complete as many maintenance and repair projects as we can for our irrigation customers,” said Maupin, “so if Mother Nature gives us a good year again, we can stretch supply a little further.”

 

Through a $500,000 State grant, NYWD is currently in the planning and engineering phase to pipe the full ten miles of the Forbestown Ditch. Moving to a piped Forbestown Ditch would save a significant amount of water lost from seepage and evaporation, eliminate a vast majority of dirt, trash and contamination from entering the treatment pond and increase the amount of water available for irrigation customers. The total project is estimated between $8 Million and $14 Million. Potential funding sources for the construction phase of the project include Prop 1 grants and financing through the Yuba County Water Agency.

May 01, 2018

Forbestown Ditch Pipeline project gets a much-needed financial boost

Many residents in the Yuba County foothills are now one step closer to a more reliable source of drinking water after today’s Yuba County Water Agency vote to approve a large grant for the Forbestown Ditch Pipeline project.

The approximately $326,000 grant will help cover a portion of the local costs for the North Yuba Water District’s project, which provides drinking water to nearly 3,100 customers.

“The current ditch was dug in the 1860’s, and it’s prone to blowouts from severe weather and has a lot of leakage,” said North Yuba Water District General Manager Jeff Maupin. “The goal is to curtail those losses and create a reliable source of water to all of our customers, and this money helps bring this closer to fruition.”

For more than 150 years, the Forbestown Ditch has served as the main domestic water conveyance system for the communities of Brownsville, Forbestown, Challenge and Rackerby, but has endured many breaches and breaks. Additionally, the open canal loses an average of 35 percent of its water due to seepage and evaporation, and faces contamination from dirt, trash and chemicals.

“This project is necessary to be able to provide Yuba County residents with a safe and reliable source of drinking water,” said YCWA Board Vice-Chairman Randy Fletcher. “We’ve been working with North Yuba Water District for the past several years on solutions to this complicated project, and it will be so rewarding to see it complete.”

Since 1992, YCWA has provided four loans to the district, totaling more than $408,000. NYWD recently satisfied the latest and final of its loan commitments, enabling YCWA to provide this grant for future work on the Forbestown Ditch Pipeline project.

YCWA is able to support this grant because this project fits into the agency’s primary mission areas of water supply reliability and flood risk reduction.

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December 21, 2017

North Yuba Water District Approves Over $650,000 in Projects

North Yuba Water District’s (NYWD) Board of Directors has unanimously approved over $650,000 of capital improvement projects and equipment purchases, including water treatment plant upgrades and a fleet replacement.

NYWD’s Treatment Plant, which provides domestic water service for approximately 2500 residents of Brownsville, Forbestown, Rackerby and Challenge, will receive a complete electrical rewiring and a computer operating system upgrade.

“The plant’s wiring and computer system were installed thirty years ago,” said Jeff Maupin, NYWD General Manager. “Using reserve funds to make these upgrades now makes practical sense.”

Also approved was a fleet replacement of seven vehicles and two tractors, including four half-ton trucks, a three-quarter ton truck, a dump truck, a one-ton utility truck, a backhoe and the addition of a new excavator with flail mower and bucket attachments. The excavator will have the capacity to remove debris and silts from the irrigation ditch, groom the embankments and grade the ditch access roads.

“We have vehicles that date back to the 1970’s,” said Maupin. “The cost to maintain them just doesn’t pencil out any longer. Newer vehicles and tractors are also much safer, with built-in safety features that just didn’t exist thirty years ago.”

All of these approved projects will be 100% funded through reserves.

In addition, NYWD is currently working on several grant-funded projects, including mapping the water distribution system, inventorying water meters to prioritize replacement needs, sizing a replacement Challenge water tank, and engineering for the Forbestown Ditch Pipeline project.

October 24, 2017

By Jake Abbott/jabbott@appealdemocrat.com

A state grant for half a million dollars was awarded to the North Yuba Water District to help cover the costs of planning and engineering a new Forbestown Ditch pipeline. The upgrade will help mitigate washouts during heavy rainfall and reduce the amount of water lost to seepage and evaporation.

“Our customers have endured massive blowouts on the ditch, and periods of uncertainty with their drinking water,” said Jeff Maupin, NYWD general manager, in a press release. “Piping the ditch was literally a ‘pipe dream’ until this year. Now through the actions of our Board of Directors and the availability of Prop. 1 funds, piping the ditch is finally a possibility.”

The California State Water Resources Control Board awarded the planning grant to the district. Maupin said the grant will go toward creating a construction plan and final budget to pipe the ditch. The total cost of the pipeline project is estimated to be anywhere from $8 million to $14 million.

The Forbestown Ditch is about 10 miles long and is the sole source of drinking water for approximately 3,500 NYWD customers. The open canal – which is unlined and has had problems in the past with washouts and water loss – conveys water to a treatment pond for NYWD customers.

The district’s board decided nearly a year ago that establishing a piped ditch was the best route to take in order to ensure customers had a reliable source of water. 

The pipeline is expected to increase the amount of water available to customers while eliminating the possibility of materials like dirt, trash and other contaminants from entering the treatment pond. 

The district will look for additional construction grants during the planning phase to help cover the overall cost. Potential funding sources include a Prop. 1 grant of up to $5 million and a grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Hazard Mitigation Program of up to $3 million, according to a press release.

August 23, 2017

By Jake Abbott/jabbott@appealdemocrat.com

The North Yuba Water District was recently notified it would be reimbursed more than $132,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for storm-related damages that occurred this past winter to its Forbestown Ditch.

With FEMA approval, the California Office of Emergency Services issued the district two checks for a total of $132,538.22.

“The funds reimburse the repair cost for two storm-related blowouts on the Forbestown Ditch that occurred earlier this year,” said Jeff Maupin, district manager, in a press release.

The first blowout to the ditch occurred on Jan. 11, when a landslide washed out a 160-foot stretch of the Forbestown Ditch, costing the district close to $48,000 to fix. The ditch is used to convey water to a treatment pond, which is the main source of potable water for approximately 900 district customers. With the landslide threatening its customers’ main source of water, the district made emergency repairs within a week of the blowout.

A second landslide, on Feb. 7, compromised another 200 feet of the ditch further downstream of the initial blowout, which cost the district about $94,000 to correct. This incident also prompted emergency repairs to ensure the channel feeding the treatment pond was not compromised for an extended period of time.

The district installed a pipe in both instances to help convey water through the channel. Officials at the time said a piped ditch would lower the possibility of another breach, save a significant amount of water lost from seepage and evaporation, increase the amount of water available for customers, and eliminate a vast majority of dirt, trash and contamination from entering the treatment pond.

Maupin said the district was reimbursed 93.75 percent of the cost for both projects, with FEMA paying 75 percent and the rest coming from Cal OES. 

For the January repairs costing $47,595.07, the North Yuba Water District was reimbursed $44,620.38. For the February fix that costed $93,779.02, the state issued a check for $87,917.84.

July 27, 2017