Water Conservation: What is Your Role?



Water Conservation: What is Your Role? – As you are aware California is experiencing a severe drought.  Governor Brown signed into effect emergency drought regulations this spring with subsequent updates and more rigid prescriptive restrictions effective June 1.  Truckee Donner Public Utility District, as Tahoe Donner’s water supplier, has put into effect their water conservation regulations and program.  Their target for water conservation, as set by the state, equates to a total 28% reduction in usage on 2013 water usage.  TDPUD’s regulations and programs apply to private residence and commercial operations such as Tahoe Donner. See Frequently Asked Questions.

Tahoe Donner and its staff, that’s you and your employees, need to take a proactive approach in water conservation efforts to assist in achieving water conservation targets.

For Tahoe Donner to reach a 28% water usage reduction target, operations will need to reduce use by approximately 10 million gallons of water for the year.  To aim for this, the company needs you and your staff to help reduce water waste and usage through a multitude of behavioral changes, as well as capital improvements.

To address for improved reduction in percentage of water use/waste, this is what is planned:

1.    Golf Course –The golf course will be completing capital projects with regards to irrigation heads for greater efficiency and efficacy.  Additional coordination on turf treatment will be applied, e.g. time of watering on Tuesdays and Fridays, etc.

2.    Trout Creek – A capital project will be proposed to replace all shower dials with push button reducing length of showers, removal of outdoor shower, long-term = reduce/remove grass in playground area.

3.    F&B – F&B Management to review kitchen prep practices, reduce running water during prep.  Dishwasher full wash only.  Water is only served when requested (new CA law!)

4.    Marina – A capital project will be proposed to replace all shower dials with push button reducing length of showers, f&b management review of kitchen prep practices, reduce running water during prep.  Dishwasher full wash only. Water is only served when requested (new CA law!)

5.    Campground – A capital project will be proposed to replace all shower dials with push button reducing length of showers. Wash machine; review and possibly replace with high water efficient machine if needed

6.    Association wide- Spicket head replacement in public areas to trigger dial.

7.    Landscape watering association wide on 2xper week watering as was practiced last summer; and replacement of sprinklers in beds to drip system.

8.    Leak detection – audit of all facets, hose bibs, etc. for drip/significant leaks = repair

Water conservation mindfulness is key to savings!

June 15, 2015

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Tahoe Donner Turns Smoke-Free for Fire Safety



TAHOE DONNER IS NOW A SMOKE-FREE WORKPLACE AND RESORT

Tahoe Donner Association is taking the lead on reducing fire danger this summer and fall through the implementation of a smoking ban on all Tahoe Donner-owned property. Tahoe Donner Association board of directors voted on Saturday, May 30, 2015, to prohibit smoking at all amenities, common areas, and other association-owned properties as a result of extreme fire danger effective June 1 through the end of the year. This ban includes such facilities as the golf course, parking lots, open space and trails.

Pursuant to authorities provided under the Tahoe Donner Association, Covenants Rule, II. General Common Area, Other Association Owned Property and Amenity Rules, “Smoking at outside amenities is limited to those areas where cigarette ash receptacles are provided. During periods of extreme fire danger, as designated by local, state or federal authorities, smoking may be prohibited at all outside amenities, on common areas, and on other association-owned properties.” The board initiated the smoking prohibition.

Fines for violation of the smoking rule start at $50 and may be assessed, per incident, on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis according to the nature and severity of the infraction and at the discretion of the Covenants Committee. Smoke-free does not apply to homeowners’ properties or e-cigarettes.

For those looking to quit smoking, please consider the following free programs:

  • Tahoe Forest Hospital Free Kick Nicotine Program held on Mondays. For more information or to register, contact Kirk Ditterich at 530.582.8207.
  • Tahoe WoRX Occupational Health office also has programs available. Contact them at 530.582.3277 or stop by for the smoking cessation program flyer. The WoRX office is located in the medical center building (10956 Donner Pass Rd, Ste 230), across the street from Tahoe Forest Hospital.
  • Visit smokefree.gov which is sponsored in part by Nevada County Health. This site will provide tools and programs available.

Remember, one less spark is one less wildfire. Thank you for your cooperation and fire prevention support. For questions or more information, please contact Director of Facilities and Risk, Annie Rosenfeld, at 530-582-9630 or by email at arosenfeld@TahoeDonner.com.

June 8, 2015

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Sewer System: Help Protect Our Environment



DON’T RUSH TO FLUSH

Next time you go to flush your toilet, wait and think. What goes down the drain has an impact on the sewer system and our local environment. Here are three simple things the Truckee Sanitary District (TSD) wants everyone to be aware of before they flush:

1. “Flushable” wipes clog pipes. The manufacturers of these convenience products want you to believe these wipes will decompose in the sewer. Unfortunately, they don’t. Flushable wipes clog pipes, pumps and cause sewer spills and backups into homes. If it’s not toilet paper, then throw it in the trash, not the toilet.

2. Keep your sewer FOG free. FOG or Fats, Oils, and Grease are often disposed of down the sink. Unfortunately, these products quickly harden and stick to the inside of the sewer system restricting flow. Never pour bacon grease or other fats and oils down the drain. Let them harden in the pan and scrape them into the garbage or pour them into a safe container and dispose of them in the garbage.

3. Prescription Drugs and Over-The-Counter Medications. These products contain chemicals that you don’t want entering the water supply. Even though our sewage is highly treated, many of these chemicals are not removed. The best way to dispose of drugs and medicine is to make them undesirable, such as crushing them and then mixing with coffee grounds or dirt before sealing them in a plastic bag and disposing in the trash. Another option is to take advantage of community drug take-back programs.

Every home in Tahoe Donner is connected to the public sewer system. Proper use of the sewer system keeps it operating smoothly, saves money, and protects the environment. For more information about the sewer system, go to TSD’s website at www.truckeesan.org.

May 22, 2015

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2015 Board of Directors Election



Uncontested Candidate Declared Elected Per Bylaws of Tahoe Donner

As prescribed by the board-approved procedures for the 2015 director’s election, the property owner listed below submitted his name for a seat on the Tahoe Donner board of directors and was certified as a member in good standing on May 1, 2015, by your election committee:

  • Jeff Bonzon

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 5 (d) of the amendments to the restated bylaws: “if one, but no more than one, eligible candidate has submitted their timely application for the one available seat, the Board of Directors declares that candidate elected and the Director Election concluded.”

Thus, it is determined that Mr. Jeff Bonzon is declared elected, the 2015 board of directors election is concluded, and Mr. Bonzon will take office upon the conclusion of the annual membership meeting on June 21, 2015.

Mr. Bonzon has been invited to submit a candidate’s statement which will be mailed, as submitted, to the membership along with the annual director election notice. Read Mr. Bonzon’s candidate statement.

May 15, 2015

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May 11, 2015

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