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Directors of the Placer County Water Agency and other officials gather May 2, 1963 at the historic courthouse in Auburn for the signing of contracts for construction of the Middle Fork Project.
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Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) was created in 1957 under its own state legislative act entitled the “Placer County Water Agency Act.”  The Agency is self-governed with policy and regulatory decisions determined by an independently elected five member Board of Directors.  Highly experienced individuals work together as a team under the administrative direction of the General Manager to provide Agency services and activities.  Since its inception, the Agency has been actively involved in a wide variety of water and energy issues in its 1,500 square mile service area of Placer County.


Water Systems - The Water Systems supply irrigation and treated drinking water in four service zones in central and western Placer County, generally located along the Interstate 80 corridor between Roseville and Alta; and one service zone in the Martis Valley, south of Truckee, in eastern Placer County.

Miles of treated water pipeline: 602
Miles of irrigation canals: 165
Number of water treatment plants: 8
Total plant capacity (in million gallons per day): 83
Number of storage tanks including clearwells: 34

Population served: Over 200,000
Total water accounts: Over 38,500
Water sales: $30,500,851

Retail Treated Water Service includes Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Rocklin, Dutch Flat, Penryn, Loomis, Weimar, portions of Roseville and unincorporated areas of Placer County.

Wholesale/Resale Treated Water Service includes the California American Water Company, City of Lincoln, Folsom Lake Mutual Water Company, Golden Hills Mutual Water Company, Hidden Valley Community Association, Lakeview Hills Community Association and Willo-Glen Water Company.

Wholesale/Resale Untreated Water Service includes Alpine Meadows Water Association, Christian Valley Park CSD, Dutch Flat Mutual Water, Heather Glen CSD, Meadow Vista County Water District, Sacramento Suburban Water District, San Juan Water District and Weimar Water Company.

Irrigation Canal Water Service stretches from Alta to portions of Rocklin and Loomis to include agricultural customers in unincorporated areas in western Placer County.


Power System - The Power System operates the Middle Fork American River Project, which was completed in 1967, and includes water diversion, storage, hydroelectric energy generation and public recreation facilities.

Number of major reservoirs: 2
Number of hydroelectric power plants: 5
Number of dams: 7
Miles of tunnels: 24

Power and Energy Production:
Total rated capacity: 223,750 kilowatts
Average annual energy production: 1,030,000 megawatt hours

Water Storage and Regulation:
Total gross storage: 345,560 acre-feet
French Meadows Reservoir: 134,993 acre-feet
Hell Hole Reservoir: 207,590 acre-feet

Recreation within the Tahoe and Eldorado National Forests
Developed recreation facilities: 18
Campgrounds: 10
Boat ramps: 3
Day use areas: 5
Rafting access: 2


Agency-wide

Employees:  approximately 200

Financial Reports

Net capital assets: $475,689,232

Construction Projects

Major construction projects, such as upgrading, replacing and installing new infrastructure, allow PCWA to meet current and future expectations for safe, reliable and affordable water and energy needs.  Large-scale construction projects and on-going day-to-day maintenance efforts help ensure system reliability.  The Agency spends in excess of $10 million per year on these projects in a never-ending cycle of design and construction projects.

Associations within the County

Auburn Chamber of Commerce
City of Auburn
City of Colfax
City of Lincoln
City of Rocklin
City of Roseville
Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce
County of Placer
Foresthill Divide Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce
Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce
Placer County Farm Bureau
Placer GROWN
Placer Land Trust
Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce
Roseville Chamber of Commerce
Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Sacramento River Watershed Program
Town of Loomis

Other Regional, State and National Associations

Partnering with many local, regional, state and national associations, PCWA contributes to the communities it serves in a variety of ways, such as sponsoring educational programs, rebate programs, in-home or business water efficiency surveys and providing outstanding leadership and stewardship of the County’s water resources.

Placer County Water Agency
Placer County Water Agency - 144 Ferguson Road, P.O. Box 6570, Auburn, CA 95604 - Telephone: (530) 823-4850