AUBURN, Calif.  – Recessing from their June 25, 2015 Board meeting, the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors toured the agency’s Middle Fork American River Project on Thursday, stopping at PCWA’s energy marketing office, Foresthill Facility Center, Ralston Powerhouse, and Hell Hole and French Meadows reservoirs. Members of the PCWA management team facilitated the tour.


Prior to the tour, the Board agenda included the approval of water supply contracts with California-American Water Company (CalAm) and San Juan Water District.

“We’re confident the result of these agreements will ensure reliable delivery and supply to our partners in western Placer and Sacramento counties,” PCWA General Manager, Einar Maisch said. “The contracts are consistent with the board’s direction on wholesale agreements and we’d like to thank our partners for very positive negotiations.”

Under the water supply agreement with CalAm, water will be purchased from PCWA to serve residential, commercial, and industrial customers in southwest Placer County. The agreement provides for the cooperative expansion of PCWA’s delivery capacity and infrastructure, if needed.

PCWA District 4 Director, Robert Dugan, commended all parties on the agreement noting a creation of certainty with regard to existing customers within CalAm’s service area. Echoing Director Dugan’s sentiment, PCWA District 1 Director, Gray Allen thanked and congratulated “all parties for their roles in this negotiation.”

The amended water supply agreement with San Juan Water District recognizes the commitments to water supply reliability and environmental protection by each party in the 2000 Water Forum Agreement and limits the amount of Middle Fork American River Project water San Juan must purchase in dry years.

In other news, PCWA Directors:

– Heard an update on drought conservation from Tony Firenzi, Deputy Director of Technical Services and drought project manager. As of June 22, PCWA treated water customers have conserved 35% compared to the base year of 2013, currently exceeding the state’s 32% conservation mandate.

– Recognized four PCWA employees with the 2015 Exemplary Performance Award, the agency’s highest employee award. This year’s recipients are Diane Ott, Eric Olds, and Sean Lomen of the Customer Services Department, and Ken Yunk of Field Services.

The next regular meeting of the PCWA Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the PCWA Business Center, 144 Ferguson Road, in Auburn. PCWA board meetings are open to the public.

Information on PCWA board meetings may be obtained through the Clerk to the Board at (530) 823-4850 or (800) 464-0030. For drought updates and water conservation information, visit