California water regulators are proposing new equipment in lieu of fines to settle liability over last summer's sewer spill at Lake Tahoe.
If approved next month by California's Lahontan Regional Water
Quality Control Board, the settlement would equal the value of a
proposed 325-thousand dollar fine against those responsible for the
The device would allow utilities in the Tahoe-Truckee area to
bypass leaking sewer lines during any future emergencies like the
one that spewed an estimated 56-thousand gallons of raw sewage onto
a beach and into Lake Tahoe in July 2005.
The spill occurred when contractors installing a private pier on
Tahoe's north shore accidentally pierced a buried sewer line.
The accident closed a popular string of public beaches for at
least 10 days during the peak of tourist season.