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LECTURE “The Past and Present of the Utica Water and Power Authority”

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Date(s) - 01/08/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Angels Camp Museum


Utica Water and Power Authority (UWPA) dates to the Gold Rush when miners created a system of reservoirs, ditches, and flumes to bring snow runoff from the high country down to the gold mines. At the dawn of the hydroelectric age in the early 1900s, powerhouses were built in Murphys and Angels Camp utilizing the water to deliver the first electricity to local residents and to the Utica Mine. PG&E acquired the system and owned it until 1995 when Angels Camp, the Union Public Utility District, and the Calaveras County Water District formed UWPA to purchase all water rights, facilities, and infrastructure related to the water system and the two powerhouses. UWPA has owned and operated the system since then and its water system remains the sole source of water for communities and irrigators from Murphys to Angels Camp.

Cost: free for museum members, $10 non-members

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