Interim Irrigation Program

The Board of Directors has approved a program that allows homeowners to irrigate their landscaping using one or more of five interim irrigation options.

Overview

At the May 19th Board Meeting the Board of Directors approved an interim irrigation program to allow homeowners to use alternate sources of water for their landscape irrigation.


Protecting our Water System

TKPOA Property Owners interested in installing interim irrigation on their property will be required to submit an application to the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) for approval. All installations will require inspection by TKWC Staff prior to use.

This application and approval process for installing interim irrigation will be subject to all the TKPOA Rules and Regulations for Water Service and Architectural Control Committee Rules and is intended to allow for the safety and control of our TKWC Water Distribution System for all TKPOA Property Owners.

How it works

To ensure there is no risk of cross-connection and possible contamination of our water system, homeowners can choose from one or more of the following interim irrigation options:


  1. Water Truck Irrigation (no onsite storage)
    Low risk of cross-connection.
    Architectural Control Committee (ACC) Permit required as well as an inspection by Tahoe Keys Water Company (TKWC) Staff.
    Subject to periodic, unannounced inspections by TKWC Staff to ensure compliance. Enforcement/penalties for non-compliance.
  2. On-site storage with no connection to an existing irrigation system
    Low risk of cross-connection.
    ACC Permit required as well as an inspection by TKWC Staff.
    Hose bib backflow preventers required on all external/internal spigots capable of a hose connection.
    Subject to periodic, unannounced inspections by TKWC Staff to ensure compliance. Enforcement/penalties for non-compliance.
  3. Installed backflow prevention device next to TKWC connection
    Low risk of cross-connection.
    ACC Permit required as well as an inspection by TKWC Staff.
    On-site storage connected to an existing irrigation system and/or pumped water from surface/groundwater permitted.
  4. On-site storage connected to an existing irrigation system and/or pumped water from surface/groundwater (not recommended)
    High risk of cross-connection.
    Permitted only if the irrigation system is not connected to the domestic water supply.
    ACC Permit required as well as an inspection by TKWC Staff.
    Subject to periodic, unannounced inspections by TKWC Staff to ensure compliance.
    Enforcement/penalties for non-compliance, including immediate TKWC water shutoff until the possibility of cross-connection has been eliminated. Mandatory installation of a backflow prevention device and flow meter to reinstate service if multiple violations occur.
  5. TKWC water use only (no outside source of irrigation water)
    Low risk of cross-connection once irrigation prohibition has been rescinded.
    No further requirements.

Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA)

To the best of our knowledge (as per California Code of Regulations Title 17 Division 1, Chapter 5, Subchapter 1, Group 4 7583 – 7605 TROA) TKPOA nor its property owners currently have water rights under the Truckee River Operating Agreement. Taking water from the lagoons, Lake Tahoe, or Lake Tallac without water rights would be a direct violation of State and Federal law.

Architectural Control Committee (ACC) Permit

Please complete ACC Application Form 14-16 “Unclassified Modification Application” and submit it to the ACC for approval. The form is available under the Documents section of this website.

You will need to include a site plan depicting the location of stored water (if any) and details of any connections to the existing or an interim irrigation system.

Application Submission

Please email your completed form to [email protected] or drop it off at the Front Desk at the Pavilion or mail it to:

Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association
356 Ala Wai Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-3315

Installation

Once approved by the ACC you may proceed with installing your interim irrigation system, however, you must schedule an inspection by TKWC Staff before operation.

Installation of backflow prevention devices must be tested by a certified and licensed Backflow technician and results provided to TKWC.

Application Review

Most applications can be approved by Staff.

Depending upon the nature of the installation some applications may require review at the next scheduled, bi-weekly ACC meeting (please refer to the Calendar for dates & times).

TKWC Inspection

Before any interim irrigation system can be used it must be inspected by the TKWC Staff to ensure there is no cross-connection without an appropriate backflow prevention device.

Once inspected the interim system can be operated, but will be subject to periodic, unannounced inspections by TKWC Staff to ensure there are no violations.

Enforcement and penalties for non-compliance.

Homeowners found utilizing auxiliary water for landscape irrigation without an ACC permit will be subject to disciplinary action, including the levying of a recurring fine until compliance is achieved.

Any cross-connection to the TKWC Water Distribution System without an appropriate backflow prevention device will subject the property in question to immediate water shutoff until the possibility of a cross-connection has been eliminated. Mandatory installation of a backflow prevention device and flow meter will be required to reinstate service for homeowners with multiple, recurring violations.

Frequently asked questions

We’re sure you have many questions regarding the interim irrigation program and the measures being taken to ensure our Water Company is able to supply safe drinking water. We have tried to answer some of the common ones here.

While we do not have all the answers at this time, if you have any concerns or questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our General Manager, Kirk Wooldridge ([email protected]), or Board President, Joe Sherry ([email protected]).

Why do I need a permit to water my landscape?

While we don’t want to put roadblocks in your way, for the protection of our Water Distribution System for all homeowners, it is critical that our TWKC Staff are able to verify that there is no possibility of the cross-connection of an auxiliary water source to our water system without a backflow prevention device.

The Board of Directors approved this program to balance the desire of homeowners to preserve their landscaping with the cross-contamination risks faced by our Water Company during these unprecedented times.

The Board of Directors and TKWC Staff appreciates your support in following the rules of this program for the benefit of all homeowners.

I thought Auxiliary Water Sources weren’t permitted?

The initial direction given by the TWKC was that an auxiliary water source stored on-property was not allowed without a backflow prevention device due to the risk of there being a cross-connection to our water distribution system and possible contamination thereof.

After listening to homeowners the Oversight Subcommittee and TKWC developed an interim irrigation program that would allow the use of auxiliary water for irrigation purposes under certain conditions and as long as the TKWC were able to inspect each property to ensure that no cross-connection exists. This relaxed the requirement that there must be a backflow prevention device.