Big Bear Lake, CA, October 22, 2014 – On October 17, construction was completed on the Angels Camp Reservoir, adding gravity storage for operational efficiency and fire protection in the Sugarloaf system. Gravity storage eliminates the need for round-the-clock operation of the Barton and Magnolia Booster Stations in Sugarloaf that will now only be used in emergencies. This will save the DWP approximately $50,000. per year in electricity costs.
In the spring of 2014, the DWP secured just over $4.1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, in the form of a $1 million grant and the rest as a low interest loan. Besides funding the Angels Camp Reservoir project, this loan/grant has funded two additional projects as well.The Klamath Booster Station will increase the DWP’s ability to efficiently move water from the eastern to the western portion of its service area. The Arrastre Creek Well in Lake Williams will secure a long-term water supply, as well as improved water quality for residents in that area. Estimated completion of both projects is December 2014.