Delayed Start of 2023 Irrigation Season

The 2023 irrigation season has been delayed to support mutual aid efforts with the North Yuba Water District (NYWD) on the Upper Forbestown Ditch. This section of conveyance is critical to both SFWPA & NYWD to efficiently convey raw water to their irrigation customers and both districts’ treatment plant reservoirs, respectively.

In addition, both districts have greatly benefitted from a heavy precipitation year, including a couple very productive late season storms.

With heavy consideration and a focus of future sustainability, the modified start dates of the 2023 irrigation season are as follows:

SFWPA Upper and Lower Forbestown Ditch: 05/08/2023
Bangor Canal and surrounding conveyance: Estimated 04/20/2023
Palermo Canal and surrounding conveyance: Estimated 04/20/2023

SFWPA appreciates your understanding.

Shut Off’s Resumed January 2023

ATTENTION: SFWPA will be resuming its shut-off process per SB 998 requirements in January 2023.

For information on our delinquency process please visit our page on SB998.

Save Water. Save California

As you know, California is facing serious water challenges. In the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, we are highlighting these tips:

  • Even tiny leaks can be huge water wasters
  • Water plant, NOT pavement
  • Use less water by using drought tolerant plants

North Yuba Water District sues SFWPA

A press release regarding the complaint filed by North Yuba Water District against South Feather Water and Power Agency along with a timeline of the conflict can be found here on the NYWD link above or



Service Disconnections

For the Agency’s policy on service discontinuation, see the SB 998 tab at the top of the page or go to this link

Appropriations Limit for 2019

The Agency’s 2019 Appropriations Limit has been calculated at $1,026,619. Proceeds from property taxes for the Agency in 2019 are budgeted to be $543,800.

Please see the complete report for more information: 2019 Appropriations Limit

Communication Page

In an effort to reach more customers, South Feather Water and Power Agency has created this communication page. If you would like more information on the topics below, please fill out the contact information and select the categories of most interest to you. As information becomes available we will send the articles to your email address.

  • Agency News: Events, elections, history and financial updates
  • Outage – Irrigation: Irrigation seasons, emergency and planned irrigation outages
  • Outage – Potable: Issues regarding water quality, planned and emergency domestic water outages.
  • Water Conservation: Methods of conservation, tips and legislation


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DWR Offering Rebates

The “turf and toilet” rebate program is financed by the Proposition 1 water bond approved by voters in 2014. The program will help carry out Governor Brown’s April 1 Executive Order on drought to further reduce water use in homes by replacing more than 10 million square-feet of lawn and upgrading more than 60,000 water-wasting toilets.
DWR will oversee the two rebate programs, which provide a $100 consumer rebate to replace one old toilet per household and up to $2 per square foot for lawn replacement. Californians can visit to apply for the rebates.

Letter to Customers regarding Water Conservation

June 3, 2015

Re: Implementing State-Mandated Drought Contingencies

Dear Water User:

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15, directing the State Water Board to issue emergency water conservation regulations to achieve a mandatory statewide 25% reduction in potable water usage through February 28, 2016. Subsequently, the State Water Board adopted Emergency Regulations which, among other things, impose additional water use prohibitions and mandate the Agency to achieve 36% savings in its customers’ potable water use in 2015 as compared to their use in 2013.

The Agency’s current available water supply, in conjunction with its customers’ conservation record and the Agency’s conservation efforts, would not independently justify imposing a mandatory 36% reduction in the Agency’s potable water production in order to protect against continuing drought conditions, as the Emergency Regulations do. Were it not for these mandatory regulations, South Feather Water and Power would not have to impose restrictions on its customers other than to request reasonable and voluntary conservation efforts. The Agency’s water storage currently stands at 70% of average for this time of year, which amount exceeds well over four times its customers’ annual potable demand.

Although the Agency believes that the State is imposing conservation measures on Agency customers that are inappropriate and unnecessary, South Feather intends to utilize its best efforts to comply with the Emergency Regulations’ mandates, which include the following wasteful water practices:

  1. Applying potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
  2. Use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;
  3. The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks;
  4. The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system;
  5. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
  6. The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased; and,
  7. The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians;
  8. The irrigation with potable water of landscapes outside of newly constructed homes and buildings in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development; and,
  9. Failure of the operator of hotels and motels to provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.

Also, outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf utilizing potable water shall only be conducted between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. This restriction does not apply to the limited use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device, an irrigation system that uses stream rotor sprinklers that meet a 70% efficiency standard, very low-flow drip-type irrigation systems where no emitter produces more than two gallons of water per hour, or to commercial nurseries and growers utilizing non-potable, raw water.

We know that our customers are conscious of the drought because they already achieved a 10% decrease in 2014 as compared to 2013, and they are on track to conserve even more in 2015. So, in addition to implementing the mandatory conservation measures listed above, we’re asking Agency customers to implement measures within their households and businesses to reduce per-capita water use by 25% so that we can achieve the Agency’s assigned water conservation goal (water saving tips are available at The Agency has no plans to impose water budgets or penalties on its customers, and there are also no plans to increase water rates to affect conservation.

Please let me know if you have questions or need additional information.


South Feather Water and Power Agency

Michael C. Glaze, General Manager

2015 Drought Information

In response to the Governor’s April 1 drought emergency proclamation, South Feather Water and Power Agency is asking its customers to implement measures within their households and businesses to reduce per-capita water use by 25%. Customers are also being asked to limit their outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes and turf to every other day.

On April 1, 2015, the Agency had approximately 115,000 acre-feet of water in storage. End-of-year storage will be 60,000 acre-feet. Water consumed by customers for all purposes in 2015 will be less than 20,000 acre-feet. Conserved water remains in storage for the exclusive use of Agency customers.

Lost Creek Dam and Reservoir

In order to maintain compliance with state and federal regulations, South Feather Water and Power Agency will be performing a significant modification project to the Lost Creek Dam that will result in increased strength and serviceability of the dam.  As a result, Lost Creek Dam and Reservoir will be closed to the public beginning in the spring of 2015 through the fall of 2017.  Any change in status of this project will be posted at

All questions relating to this project can be directed to Shawn Hayse at 530-538-8856; or through email at

Lost Creek Dam Bid Results

Contractor Name

Total Bid Amount   ($)

Sierra   Mountain Construction, Inc. $                            19,664,650
Flat   Iron West, Inc. $                            21,486,825
Shimmick   Construction Company, Inc. $                            23,674,610
Kiewit   Infrastructure West, Inc. $                            23,743,000
Proven $                            24,857,777
ASI   Constructors, Inc. $                            26,407,070
Syblon-Reid $                            26,990,850
Granite   Construction Company $                            27,736,949

Lost Creek Dam Modification Project – Eligible Contractors List

Company Contact Name Contact Info
McMillen, LLC Curtis



1401 Shoreline Dr.

Boise, ID 83702

Midwest Mobile Waterjet LLC Brian 651-755-7089651-497-0417

555 Barge Channel Road

St. Paul. MN 55107

Johnson-Wilson Constructors, Inc. Gary Wilson, (406) 443-0847(406) 459-3658
MCM Construction, Inc. Ron (916) 334-1221(916) 334-0562

6413 32nd Street

North Highlands, CA 95660

SSL Innovative Construction Products (MSEPlus) Andrew (831) 430-9300(831) 3430-9340

4740 Scotts Valley Drive, Suite E

Scotts Valley, CA 95066

RA Nemetz Construction Mark (209) 744-1001(209) 744-1005

(916) 869-4813

PO Box 5306

Galt, CA 95632

California Drilling & Blasting Co., Inc. Kenny (209) 785-1650
Kiewit Phil
Holdrege & Kull Shane (530) 894-2487(530) 894-2437

(530) 362-0142

8 Seville Court, Ste 100

Chico, CA 95928

CMC Rebar Megan (209) 834-9330(209) 836-1457

120 W. Larch Road

Tracy, CA 95304

Granite Construction Co. Colin (916) 855-4466(916) 825-4965

(916) 369-0429

4001 Bradshaw Road

Sacramento, CA  95827

HydroPressure Cleaning, Inc. Jeff (805) 383-2868(805) 388-0423

(805) 509-3930

413 Dawson Drive

Camarillo, CA 93012

Ford Construction Company Jim (209) 333-1116(209) 333-8597

639 East Lockeford St

Lodi, CA 95240

Syblon Reid Scott (916) 351-0457(916) 351-1674

PO Box 100

Folsom, CA 95763

SMB Industries dba Metal Works Trista (530) 532-3710(530) 532-3760

550 Georgia Pacific Way

Oroville, CA 95965

ASI Constructors, Inc. Richard W. King, Estimating (719) 647-2821(719) 647-2890

1850 E. Platteville Blvd.

Pueblo West, CO 81007

Barnard Construction Kevin (406) 586-1995(406) 581-7899

701 Gold Avenue

Bozeman, MT 59715

K.W. Emerson, Inc. Mike (209) 754-3839 x. 102(209) 754-3830

P.O. Box 549

413 W. St. Charles St.

San Andreas, CA  95249

Shimmick Construction Jamie (510) 777-5000(510) 777-5099

8201 Edgewater Dr., Suite 201

Oakland, CA  94621

D.A. Lampe Construction Darren (530) 520-0742(530) 343-7442

P.O. Box 1218

Durham, CA 95938 (Mail)

3060 Thorntree Dr. #90

Chico, CA 95973 (office)

Hughes Brothers Inc. Casey (800) 869-0359(402) 646-6262

(402) 643-2149

210 N  13th St

P.O. Box 159

Seward, NE 68434-0159

OneSource Distributors George (510) 441-2411 x5106(707) 290-7100

2001 Marina Blvd

San Leandro, CA 94577

ProVen Management Inc. Maria (415) 421-9500(415) 421-9600

2000 Fifth Street

Berkeley, CA 94710

Sierra Mountain Construction, Inc. Nick (415) 896-2859(415) 830-7150

(800) 507-5295

16355 Yosemite Road

Sonora, CA 95370

C&K Johnson Industries, Inc. Jesse (707) 822-7687(707) 822-5813

1061 Samoa Blvd

Arcata, CA 95521

Garco Construction, Inc. Tim R. (509) 535-4688(509) 535-1384

(509) 755-7222

4114 E. Broadway Ave

Spokane Valley, WA 99202

Cutting Technologies Jay (856) 456-2255(856) 456-8070

101 Washington Ave

Gloucester City, NJ 08030

Neil’s Controlled Blasting Craig (415) 760-6779(916) 663-2507

490 Main Street

Newcastle, CA 95658

J.E. McAmis Scott (530) 891-5061(530) 624-9732

621 Country Dr.

Chico, CA 95928

Flatiron West, Inc. Lillian (707) 742-6000(707) 742-6053

(707) 746-1603 (fax)

2100 Goodyear Road

Benicia, CA  94510

American Hydro John (443) 324-5891(410) 574-8470

(410) 574-8472

9209 Philadelphia Road

Baltimore, MD 21237


HPC, Inc. Paul


805-760-3438413 Dawson Dr.

Camarillo, CA 93012

Central Environmental Inc. Tallun



907-632-0297311 N. Sitka St

Anchorage, AK

Condon-Johnson Mark



510-636-2100480 Roland Way Suite 200

Oakland, CA 94621

Manito Construction Inc. Ron



1043 Serpentine Ln

Pleasonton, CA 95945

Nordic Industries Ray 530-742-7124530-742-5545

1437 Furneaux Rd.

Olivehurst, CA 95961

Penhall Company Ron 916-842-95138416 Specialty Circle

Sacramento, CA 95628