Water Smart is Fire Smart

Being Water Smart and Fire Smart work hand in hand.  While late summer is a good time to check your irrigation systems to reduce runoff and conserve water, it is the time to consider the watering needs of your plants.  It is true, healthy plants are less likely to catch fire than weakened ones, but the real key is to have the right plants in the right places.

Consider that fire was once part of the natural processes of the Lake Tahoe ecosystem.  Many of the native plants evolved with regular episodes of fire.  These smaller and more frequent fires removed the undergrowth of small or diseased trees and lightened the fuel load.  Today the forest has grown back without the balance.  The trees compete for limited water and nutrients which reduces the diversity and spectrum of trees and plants as well as the overall health of the forest.  At Kingsbury Grade, we live in the forest and the urbanization with combustible structures is additional peril for fire.

It is possible to restore a healthy forest and reduce the hazards from fire by mimicking the natural affects by thinning and trimming the trees and shrubs.  Enhance the natural landscape by restoring the health of the soils and promoting diversity of the planting.  Planning for defensible space combined with good landscaping practices will assists in reducing fire risk while promoting water conservation.

There are online resources to assist you.

https://naes.agnt.unr.edu/PMS/Pubs/1510_2009_87.pdf

tahoe.livingwithfire.info

Notice — Preserving Water for Fire Fighting and Preparation of your Home

Following the evacuation, your water system remains in service and the water quality in the reservoirs and distribution lines were never compromised. Kingsbury GID continues to provide high quality service you can rely upon. 

During the Caldor Fire, some residents of Kingsbury left their properties with irrigation systems running, hoses on and even placing sprinklers on their roofs which were also left running in response to the evacuation order. Not only is this not helpful in protecting homes during intense events like wildland fires but can be detrimental to firefighting efforts and post fire water quality. 

Firefighters on the line, depend upon water supplies and the pressure in our lines. Irrigation and makeshift firefighting strategies deprive the system of needed water and in fact may jeopardize more than your property, particularly once the area is evacuated and these systems are left on while no one is observing. These types of systems pull valuable water away from where it is needed most and are too little to have an impact on combustible material should the intensity of the wildfire arrive via the forest. Firefighters place water judiciously, where it makes a difference, and they need all the water available. 

If the fire does arrive, melting of plastics and other material would be unimpeded and sucked into the water system of your home or the distribution system. These materials are toxic, placing you, your family, and neighbors at risk. The water district would be required to shut down the system, purge and test for water quality which would take additional time and expense before normal life can resume. 

Thankfully none of the homes in Kingsbury GID were lost during this fire, but it is time to prepare for the next. According to experts, hardening your home to prevent ember intrusion is one of the most effective efforts resident can take to protect their homes from wildfire. Consider preparing a checklist of all your actions which you need to complete as you leave during an evacuation order. Be sure that checklist includes turning off your irrigation system and removing any combustibles always from your home. Keep your roof clear of pine needles and ensure you are removing your outdoor decorations, furniture, and cushions to ensure these do not become the fuel which ignites near your home. 

In the event that you must evacuate, use the Wildfire Evacuation Checklist. 

Visit our website www.kgid.org or follow us on Facebook Kingsbury GID for updates to important information about your water system and Kingsbury GID. 

NDOT to Host Public Information Meeting on Potential US 50 Tahoe Corridor Improvements

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Transportation will host a public information meeting on Wednesday, May 31 to gather community feedback on future improvements considered for U.S. 50 between the State Route 28 Spooner junction and the Nevada-California state line at Lake Tahoe.

The proposed improvements would build safer, designated turn lanes by narrowing U.S. 50 to one lane in each direction between Glenbrook and Elks Point Road near South Lake Tahoe. Currently, many sections of the road are two lanes in each direction, without designated turn lanes for drivers to turn to and from residences and businesses along the highway. The future project could repave and restripe the highway with one travel lane in each direction, as well as a center turn lane. Designated traffic roundabouts, bike lanes, outside turn lanes and parking spots are also proposed for certain sections of the road. The improvements could potentially be constructed as part of future repaving projects.

The public information meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 at the Zephyr Cove Elementary School multi-purpose room located at 226 Warrior Way in Zephyr Cove, with an informational presentation held at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the open-format meeting at any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to discuss the project and provide comments. Comments can also be made before June 16, 2017 by e-mail at ksteele@dot.nv.gov or by mail to Kent Steele, NDOT design, at 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, NV., 89712.

Regarding the recent online services interruption

KGID recently discovered and located unauthorized software within some of our electronic systems, which was promptly addressed and removed.  During this short period of time, some of our online services were interrupted.  Presently all services have been fully restored.

KGID is very diligent in maintaining the privacy of our customer’s information. All billing and payment information is kept separately from our normal working information. To our knowledge none of our billing or payment information was obtained as a result of the unauthorized software.

Additional, updated and increased security protection systems have been installed to prevent similar unauthorized software intrusion to our system in the future.

KGID will not be charging late payment fees during the temporary interruption of our online services.

Some late fees may also be waived due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please contact our office at 775-588-3548 for more information.

Sincerely,

Cameron McKay
General Manager