Big Bend Proposed Water Treatment Plant


Big Bend is a small, second home community made up of 29 cabins located in an unincorporated area of Placer County. About half of the cabins are privately owned and the other cabins are located on United States Forest Service (USFS) land under a Special Use Permit (SUP).

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Proposed Action

DSPUD is pursuing an effort to obtain a special use permit (SUP) to upgrade and build the required infrastructure to secure a safe, reliable water supply now and for the future. Specifically, DSPUD is working with the USFS to acquire a SUP for the following:

  • Continued use and upgrade of existing water lines
  • Use of a USFS parcel to build a water treatment structure, which also includes a public restroom (benefitting Big Bend campground)
  • Use of two springs located on USFS land
  • Water storage tank

Three design options were considered and are posted for review. The first two options were determined to be too costly. The third option was the most economical.

Success of the proposed project will result in a clean, safe and reliable water supply for the Big Bend community.

Funding Options

DSPUD is planning to secure a 40-year loan through the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. DSPUD is aware and sensitive to the impact the project will have on rates. If the desired financing is granted, DSPUD’s board of directors will consider the following rate structure:

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Join Us!

DSPUD invites the Big Bend community to attend a coffee workshop to review the proposed plan and financing options. The workshop will be held on Saturday, August 25 at 9:30 a.m. at USFS Big Bend Fire Station #34.

RSVP by emailing

Questions? Please email Deleane at