September 9, 2020

Alert for Customers

This is an important message for North Yuba Water District customers. It’s currently September 9th at 4:00pm. I’m Jeff Maupin, North Yuba Water District General Manager. It is extremely important that you avoid all unnecessary water use at this time.

There is currently no fire in the District and none of the District infrastructure is currently threatened. Please do not leave your sprinklers on for an extended time and please do not use massive amounts of water to soak your property. These actions are currently draining the water supply and may result in a lack of water available to fire personnel should the fire move into our District.

Again, this is September 9th at 4:00pm, please avoid all unnecessary water use so that ample water supply is available to fire personnel if needed.

Please share this message with your neighbors and report any excessive water waste through our website form at w-w-w-dot-n-y-w-d-dot-org

For updated Yuba County emergency information and to sign-up for the county’s CodeRed alert system, visit w-w-w-dot-be-prepared-yuba-dot-org

Thank you for your support in conserving water during this critical time.

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August 18, 2020

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July 08, 2020

Yuba Water Agency approves nearly $14 million in loans, grants

Appeal-Democrat Staff Report


The Yuba Water Agency is committing close to $14 million in grants and loans for water infrastructure upgrades, levee maintenance and Yuba County’s annual CalPERS payment.


– The largest commitment – a nearly $10.9 million loan – will be used by the county to make its annual unfunded liability payment to CalPERS in one lump sum, rather than financing it through the system at a 6.5 percent interest rate. The low-interest loan is expected to save the county approximately $325,000. This is the third year in a row that the agency has provided the loan to the county.


– The agency’s second largest commitment will see the city of Wheatland receive a $1.3 million grant and a $1.3 million low-interest loan to begin design engineering of improvements to its wastewater treatment system and connection to the Olivehurst Public Utility District’s existing wastewater plant. The improvements and connection to OPUD’s facility is expected to protect groundwater quality, improve water supply reliability and expand economic development along the Highway 65 corridor.


“This funding will help us get the project shovel-ready,” said Jim Goodwin, Wheatland city manager, in a press release. “That’s going to be incredibly important to help us qualify for state and federal grants as recovery efforts get underway.”


– The North Yuba Water District will also benefit from a $480,000 grant to improve water supply by piping the district’s Oreleve Ditch, which is a mile-long section of the larger Forbestown Ditch. The Forbestown Ditch is currently unpiped and is prone to breaches. Up to 60 percent of the water in the ditch is lost due to seepage and evaporation, and it experiences contamination issues. The district serves approximately 3,100 customers.


– Lastly, the Marysville Fire Department will receive a $17,500 grant to help with the maintenance and inspections of levees and to reduce fire risk, which is part of the department’s vegetation management program. The funding will be used to continue the program and hire three additional seasonal positions to help manage vegetation along the levee. Vegetation management is carried out along the levees of the Yuba and Feather rivers and Jack Slough.


The funding committed to the various projects was approved by the Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors during a meeting on Tuesday.

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April 17, 2020

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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


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.    


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

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.