WATER AND SEWER
Why is this important?
Infrastructure forms the backbone of a community. It
consists of the facilities and services needed to sustain
industry, residential, commercial, and all other land use
activities. It includes water and sewer services, streets and
roads, and public facilities, such as airports.
What is the measure?
We focused our indicators on water connections, sewage
disposal rates, and energy sources.
How are we doing?
Most of the residents of Tuolumne County receive their
water from public sources; however, many residents
in the rural areas rely on groundwater from individual
wells. In fiscal year 2003-04, the Tuolumne County
Environmental Health Division issued 185 permits for
wells. Due to the limited availability of groundwater,
no extensive development of groundwater occurred in
Tuolumne County. Consequently, water from rivers
and reservoirs is used to meet the needs of the county’s
population. Recent studies by the Tuolumne Utilities
District reveal that ample water within its system
exists to meet the growth needs of central and northern
portions of Tuolumne County.
Sewage disposal is provided by public utility districts or
through on-site septic systems. However the majority of
the rural areas have no public sewer system available, so
they rely on septic systems. No information is available
on the number of parcels that are currently served by
individual on-site sewage disposal systems. In fiscal year
2003-04, the Environmental Health Division issued 613
permits for on-site sewage disposal systems.
We have no natural gas service in Tuolumne County.
Propane is used as an alternative energy source to
electricity, with six companies located in Tuolumne
County that provide propane gas service.