AMADOR WATER AGENCY
Following the California Gold Rush, pioneer entrepreneurs built canals and reservoirs designed to move Mokelumne River water from the Sierras to the Amador mines to power their stamp mills. Those canals became the foundation of water service in Amador County.
In 1959, the Amador County Water Agency was formed as a public non-profit special district by the California Legislature and ratified by the voters of Amador County for the purpose of providing water, wastewater and storm drain services to Amador County.
In 1985 the Agency purchased the Amador Water System from Pacific Gas & Electric. Several more water and wastewater improvement districts have since elected to become part of the Agency.
In 1995, the Agency changed its name to the Amador Water Agency, to more clearly demonstrate that it operates independently from Amador County government.
Serving approximately 10,000 customers in Amador County today, the Agency is the primary provider of drinking water. In addition to residents and businesses in unincorporated areas, the Agency sells water to the cities of Ione, Jackson, Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Amador City and several special districts.
WHO WE SERVE
The Amador Water Agency serves approximately 10,000 customers in Amador County today and is the primary provider of drinking water. In addition to residents and businesses in unincorporated areas, the Agency sells water to the cities of Ione, Jackson, Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Amador City and several special districts.
- Sutter Creek
- Amador City
- and other special districts
AWA AFTER 50 YEARS
Over the 50 years since its formation, the Amador Water Agency purchased the Amador Canal System from PG&E, in 1978 constructed the Central Amador Water Project and the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant to provide water to hundreds of upcountry residents, updated the Tanner Water Treatment Plant, built the Ione Pipeline and a new water treatment plant and storage tanks in Ione, now provides treated water to Jackson, added new wells to the Lake Camanche Village and La Mel Heights systems, operates 10 small community water systems, completed the 9-mile-long Amador Transmission Pipeline and has completed the Plymouth Pipeline.
The Agency must be ready and able to respond to the water and wastewater requirements to support land use decisions made by city and county governments of Amador County.
The Amador Water Agency is one of the major employers in Amador County and currently employs a work force of about 40 who are challenged to meet the growing service demands of a diverse county of 568 square miles, ranging in elevation from 200 to 9000 feet and including 5 cities and several unincorporated communities.
The Amador Water Agency owns and operates 11 small community wastewater systems.
Amador Water System (AWS)
Central Amador Water Project System (CAWP)
Lake Camanche Village (LCV)
La Mel Heights
Wastewater Service Area
The Amador Water Agency owns and operates several different wastewater systems in various areas throughout Amador County. Currently the Agency serves the communities of Fairway Pines, Tiger Creek Estates, Gayla Manor, Wildwood Estates, Surrey Junction, Jackson Pines, Pine Grove, Martell, Viewpoint Estates, Eagles Nest, and Lake Camanche Village Unit 6. The wastewater generated in Martell is piped to the City of Sutter Creek for treatment. The remaining systems consist of subsurface leach fields and spray disposal fields.