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Temporary Pumps at Folsom Provide Insurance against Low Lake Levels

Post Date:10/09/2015 1:48 PM

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Contact: Jesse Saich, Public Information Officer, (530) 642-4127,  


Placerville, Calif. — In late August, El Dorado Irrigation District installed a temporary emergency floating pump barge in Folsom Lake that will ensure access to drinking water supplies should the reservoir’s water level drop below existing intake levels.

The District contracted with Pac Machine Company, Inc. of Sacramento for the rental of the barge for up to three months for a total of $105,101.

“The temporary barge gives us an important alternate method to access our water supplies from Folsom,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie. “Our permanent pumping intake begins to lose capacity if the lake level drops below 343 feet, so this temporary barge is a needed form of insurance.”

The barge holds two pumps and has the capacity to pump five cubic feet per second of water. This capacity, along with supplemented water from the Gold Hill Intertie that connects EID’s eastern supplies to its western service area, would allow EID to continue to meet customer demands in El Dorado Hills should the lake level drop.



EID is a public agency dedicated to providing high quality water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, hydropower, and recreation services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.

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