Tahoe Valley – Tahoe South

Source: CA DWR

Tahoe Valley – Tahoe South


  • Basin Name
  • Tahoe Valley – Tahoe South
  • Basin Number
  • 6-005.01
  • SGMA Basin Priority
  • Very Low
  • Critically Overdrafted
  • No
  • Hydrologic Region Name
  • North Lahontan
  • Counties
  • El Dorado
  • Adjacent Basins
  • ,


Located in California’s hydrologic region, the Tahoe Valley – Tahoe South is 14,800 acres in size. This Very Low priority basin is home to an estimated 25,966 people (2010 value), which have been at a rate of 10.08.

Tahoe Valley – Tahoe South is a(n) basin with approximately 284 wells, of which approximately 60 are water supply wells. Groundwater accounts for approximately 97.40 percent of the basin’s water supply.

Source: CA DWR

Basin Notes

2004: Bulletin 118 basin description

2007: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) groundwater resources survey of the Lake Tahoe basin

2009: Hydrogeology of the Lake Tahoe Basin, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

2014: CASGEM basin prioritization – medium. Comment: South Tahoe Public Utility District reports that MTBE has had a major impact on the groundwater within its service area, resulting in 12 of 34 production wells unusable and the destruction of two wells (B-118), (Berghson 2000)

2018: Draft basin priority – very low. Comments:

  • 1) CASGEM/WDL/GWIDS: Stable hydrographs. Source: DWR
  • 2) No available documentation on groundwater level decline past or present in the basin

2018 Final Basin Prioritization: Basin priority remains unchanged at medium priority.

Comments from 2018 Final Basin Prioritization:  The south “Y” Plume has impaired three PSW (LBWC #3, #5, and TKWC #2) with a combined source capacity of 3.25 MGD. Trace levels of PCE below MCLs is presently detected in one PSW well (TKWC#1); however, PCE concentrations have been steadily increasing in this well during the 2016 WY. Potential impairment of TKWC #1 would further reduce the total production capacity of the area drinking water sources by an additional 1.44 MGD. Two other wells (LBWC #1 and TKWC #3) west of the South “Y” plume are presently non-detect for PCE; however, the combined source capacity of these two neighboring wells is 3.82 MGD and is believed to be at risk for groundwater contamination in the future. This a major challenge for the management of groundwater resources of the basin. Competition for funding and resources for containment/clean-up and a slow but increasing reduction in groundwater storage due to plume expansion puts increasing pressures on sustainability.

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