One of the recommendations by a panel analyzing Douglas County's three water systems at Lake Tahoe is taking a step toward implementation.
County commissioners are scheduled to hear a proposal by the Tahoe Douglas District to expand its services to include water and drainage. Prompted by the need to reduce costs at the Zephyr Water Utility District, the Skyland and Cave Rock water systems, the proposal requires the county amend the district's charter.
Originally formed as the Lakeside Sewer Improvement District in 1968, the district was created to provide sewer services. The district's board of trustees decided to expand the district's powers to include water and drainage on July 10.
According to a report prepared for today's meeting, the district's participation could reduce the annual $1 million operation and maintenance budget for the water companies by $230,000, with savings benefiting the district's customers.
According to a rate study prepared in 2010 by the FCS Group for the county, the average water rate for the Cave Rock water system would have to be $303 a month by 2014 to accommodate operation and infrastructure.
The other two water systems, Zephyr Water Utility District and Skyland would be at $144 and $152 each a month.
All three water systems serve more than 1,000 customers at Lake Tahoe.
In the face of the increases a workgroup was formed to determine the best means to reduce costs.
County commissioners meet 1:30 p.m. today at the Tahoe Transportation Center, 169 Highway 50 in Stateline.