Dear Shareholders,
Spring is coming to an end, and we are heading into the hot summer months. We have plenty of
water available to supply our demand. Our drought restrictions have been reduced to stage 1, which is
a voluntary reduction of 10% compared to 2013 usage. So far this year, we have saved 10.5% from
January through May.

During this last drought, we have learned just how precious our water is, and we just ask that everyone
be aware of their water use. Please fix all household leaks as soon as you can, and report any water
leaks you see out in our system.

Here are the usage numbers for May.


  • May 2013 4,341,000 gallons
  • 2014 4,152,000
  • 2015 2,602,000
  • 2016 3,479,000
  • 2017 3,378,000

Irrigation Systems

If you are planning to put in an irrigation system, please contact our office so that the water company
can take a look at the installation. Any pipe in or above ground outside, must be protected from
backflow. Backflow is a condition where water from the house or irrigation system can be sucked back
into our water mains in the event of a water break in the main. Backflow protection, such as a vacuum
breaker, needs to be installed in any irrigation system.

Septic Tanks and Leach Fields

If your are replacing your septic tank and/or leach field, please contact us so we can see where the new
septic system will be placed in relation to our water lines. Code requires 10 feet between any septic
installation and our water lines. Mark your septic tank location so that the people removing trees will
not drop a tree on it.


We are in phase 2 of our meter installation program, which is replacing our old manual read meters
with radio read meters. You may see us out and about digging up services and replacing meters. Our
crew wears shirts and hats that identify us as the water company, so if you see us on camera around
your house you will know what’s going on.

That’s all for now.
David Hicks
General Manager
Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Co.
P.O.Box 6015, Arnold, CA 95223
Ph: (209) 795-7025