Copperopolis, CA — Due to high water levels at a treatment pond, a moratorium is now in place for new sewer connections in Copperopolis.
The Calaveras County Water District passed the temporary new restriction Wednesday.
Interim General Manager Larry Diamond said the board adopted a constraint on approving any additional facilities agreements until July 1.
Because of recent storms, the Copper Cover treated wastewater storage pond is at capacity. In July the board will reexamine the ponds and possibly lift the moratorium.
The ban on facilities agreements essentially means no new construction.
The moratorium affects the Copper Mill project, which is set to break ground April 22.
The Copper Cove system serves a few thousand customers.
To solve the problem the district is looking to expand the pond and is waiting to hear back from the state to see if it can dispose of the treated wastewater on the Saddle Creek Golf Course.
Written by Vanessa Turner.