The Donner Summit Public Utility District is located in Soda Springs, California, and provides sewer collection and treatment and water treatment and distribution to its customers.
Donner Summit Public Utility District is responsible for maintaining the dam at Lake Angela and must comply with federal and state safety measures. In 2019, the District commissioned an inundation study to show how a failure in the dam could impact the area and developed proper mitigation measures to protect the community in the event of an unlikely failure.
After several years of planning, Donner Summit Public Utility District (DSPUD) received a long-anticipated low-interest loan from USDA Rural Development to fund the building a new water treatment plant in Big Bend.
Donner Summit Public Utility District’s water treatment plant is located in the mountains on Donner Summit. Upgraded in 2018, the plant has the capacity to treat and deliver up to 1 millions of gallons (mgd) of water daily. The District also provides water to the Big Bend community.
Donner Summit Public Utility District implements the most stringent methods for treating wastewater. A state-of-the-art Ultraviolet system disinfects wastewater to the highest level, allowing the District to be the first wastewater treatment plant in California to recycle water for snowmaking.