Meeting scheduled on consolidation of Bass Lake water systems

Representatives from state and county government will meet with the public 6 p.m. Thursday at Oakhurst Branch Library to discuss consolidating the water districts of Marina View and Lakeshore, which combined serve more than 115 homes, with privately-owned Bass Lake Water Company.

Uranium, arsenic, and other metals unsuitable for consumption have been present in those systems for decades, and with the consolidation plan, a water treatment plan would be built to eliminate those concerns.

Many Bass Lake residents are concerned, however, that such a solution may be more expensive than other filtration options. Other concerns include whether Bass Lake Water Company’s system is reliable enough to with their home supplies, among additional issues.

Madera County Public Works Director Johannes Hoevertsz said the purpose of the meeting is to inform residents that the consolidation plan, which will be entirely funded through the state’s coffers, is the best route, alongside providing answers for any questions and concerns.

“The state is pushing for consolidation,” Hoevertsz said. “So the funding for this project is contingent on that. The state will provide improvements for millions of dollars, and to get that, these districts need to consolidate. If they don’t want to, they’ll have to increase their rates instead.”

Some Bass Lake residents contend that’s effectively holding them hostage. Such questions and issues will surely be addressed during Thursday’s meeting.

Details: Bass Lake Water Company, (888) 220-8633. Madera County Public Works (559) 675-7703.