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WATER CODE
SECTION 13950-13952.5



13950.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon any
district in the Lake Tahoe Basin providing in any area of the
district a sewer system and treatment facilities sufficient to handle
and treat any resultant waste and transportation facilities
sufficient to transport any resultant effluent outside the Lake Tahoe
Basin, the further maintenance or use of cesspools or other means of
waste disposal in such area is a public nuisance and the district
shall require all buildings from which waste is discharged to be
connected with the sewer system within a period of not less than 90
days from the completion of such system and facilities.




13951.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, on or after
January 1, 1972, waste from within the Lake Tahoe watershed shall be
placed only into a sewer system and treatment facilities sufficient
to handle and treat any such waste and transportation facilities
sufficient to transport any resultant effluent outside the Lake Tahoe
watershed, except that such waste may be placed in a holding tank
which is pumped and transported to such treatment and transportation
facilities.
   As used in this section "waste" shall not include solid waste
refuse.
   The further maintenance or use of cesspools, septic tanks, or
other means of waste disposal in the Lake Tahoe watershed on or after
January 1, 1972, by any person, except as permitted pursuant to this
section, is a public nuisance. The occupancy of any building from
which waste is discharged in violation of this section is a public
nuisance, and an action may be brought to enjoin any person from
occupying any such building.
   This section shall not be applicable to a particular area of the
Lake Tahoe watershed whenever the regional board for the Lahontan
region finds that the continued operation of septic tanks, cesspools,
or other means of waste disposal in such area will not, individually
or collectively, directly or indirectly, affect the quality of the
waters of Lake Tahoe and that the sewering of such area would have a
damaging effect upon the environment.
   This section shall not be applicable to any area or areas within
the Fallen Leaf Lake watershed in the event the regional board for
the Lahontan region finds that with the export of toilet wastes by
single-family residences or with the export of toilet and kitchen
wastes with respect to any commercial properties, the continued use
of septic tanks, cesspools, or other means of waste disposal in such
area or areas for the treatment and disposal of the remaining wastes,
will not, individually or collectively, directly or indirectly,
affect the quality of the waters of Lake Tahoe, and that the sewering
of such area or areas would have a damaging effect upon the
environment.
   This section shall not affect the applicability of Section 13950.




13952.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 13950 and 13951,
water containing waste which has been placed in a sanitary sewer
system for treatment and transportation outside of the Lake Tahoe
Basin may be reclaimed in a pilot reclamation project to demonstrate
the technological and environmental feasibility of using such water
for beneficial purposes within the Lake Tahoe Basin in accordance
with the provisions of the Water Reclamation Law (Chapter 7
(commencing with Section 13500) of this division) and the provisions
of this section.
   Prior to the initiation of any pilot reclamation project within
the Lake Tahoe Basin, the reclaimer or reuser shall submit the
project with technical data to the regional board for the Lahontan
region for approval. Only those projects submitted before January 1,
1984, shall be considered. The technical data submitted shall
demonstrate that such pilot reclamation project will not,
individually or collectively, directly or indirectly, adversely
affect the quality of the waters of Lake Tahoe. The intended
operational life of the project shall be at least 10 years.
   No pilot reclamation project shall be initiated unless and until
such regional board approves the project, and finds that such pilot
reclamation project or projects will not, individually or
collectively, directly or indirectly, adversely affect the quality of
the waters of Lake Tahoe. The regional board for the Lahontan region
shall place conditions on any approved project to include
specification of maximum project size. The regional board for the
Lahontan region may suspend or terminate an approved project for
cause at any time.


13952.1.  (a) Notwithstanding Section 13951, the South Tahoe Public
Utility District may provide recycled water only to prevent the
destruction of its Luther Pass recycled water pump station from a
catastrophic fire if all of the following conditions are met:
   (1) The district submits an engineering report to the Lahontan
Regional Board and the State Department of Public Health, as required
by that regional board and that department.
   (2) The Lahontan Regional Board, the State Department of Public
Health, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency authorize the use of
recycled water, and the specified area or areas in the immediate
vicinity of the pump station where that recycled water may be used,
only to prevent the destruction of the district's Luther Pass
recycled water pump station from a catastrophic fire.
   (3) The fire incident commander authorizes the use of the recycled
water to prevent the destruction of the district's Luther Pass
recycled water pump station from a catastrophic fire, as authorized
pursuant to this section.
   (b) For purposes of this section, "catastrophic fire" means a
condition exists that will result in severe harm to life, property,
and the environment if the use of recycled water as authorized
pursuant to this section is not used, and all other methods to
extinguish the fire have been exhausted.



13952.5.  The declared statewide interest in the preservation of
Lake Tahoe, and the state and federal actions mandating the
transportation of treated sewage effluent out of the Lake Tahoe
watershed, requires that the law relating to the authority for
prescribing waste discharge requirements for the effluent, and
requirements pertaining to the storage of the effluent, the receiving
waters, and the disposal areas, be clarified, and that law is hereby
clarified and confirmed, to provide that, notwithstanding Section
13002 or any other provision of law, the regional board for the
Lahontan region has exclusive authority to prescribe, under existing
law, waste discharge requirements for treated sewage effluent
transported out of the Lake Tahoe watershed to Alpine County within
the Lahontan region, including requirements pertaining to the storage
of the effluent, the receiving waters, and the disposal areas in
Alpine County within the Lahontan region. However, any such action by
that regional board is subject to review as provided in Sections
13320 and 13330.