The Lake Elizabeth Mutual Water Company was incorporated August 18, 1947; a susidiary of Lake Elizabeth
Development Company. The Mutual Water company was formed to supply water to the subdivisions being developed for "vacation
cabin" lots. The Lake Elizabeth Development Company sold the lots to members of the Lake Elizabeth Ranch Club.
In 1976 Lake Elizabeth Developemt Company and the Lake Elizabeth Ranch Club filed for bankruptcy.
Being owned by its shareholders the water company was seperated from the bankruptcy proceedings. The water company suddenly
found it had to perform on its own with no monetary help from the parent company.
The problems were numerous: L.E.M.W.C. had no equipment with which to maintain the water system;
inadequate records, as the Development Company turned all records over to the court; IRS audit of past years; County Assessor
demands for various reports and taxes; insurance reviews and premiums; explanations of physical location of facilities, ownership
and which company was bankrupt; notices by health officials, and so on, to the last problem of no cash and no credit.
Mr Arthur Etz, owner of the Manzanita Resort (now the Painted Turtle), purchased a backhoe for the
water company and allowed minimal payments until he was reimbursed.
The water mains were in bad shape. As many as fourteen (14) water leaks were repaired in a single
day. The Board of Directors, three at that time, began negotiations to obtain low interest funding for upgrading the
water mains and installing the water filtration plant
to meet health department requirements.
In the late 1970's, with the availiability of Federal and State low interest loans, all new mains
and the filter plant were installed. Repayment of the loan was secured by the annual assessment charge against the shares
of water stock appurtenant to each parcel in the water company service area.
The untreated water is obtain through Antelope Vally East-Kern Water Agency via the state aqueduct
originating at Lake Oroville. The water is pumped
from the aqueduct to a holding tank at the treatment facility
The water is treated with coagulants and chlorine. The treatment process involves flash mixing, coagulation, flocculation,
sedimentation, tri media filtration and chlorination.
With an increased growth in the Elizabeth Lake area beginning in 1984, requirements
for additional water treatment was needed. 1989 expansion (photo1
) to the water treatment facilities was completed, and put service in 1990.
The water company has three wells for back-up and emergency situations. A company owned generator
can operate any of the well sites and booster pump facilities in case of electrical outages or aqueduct failure.
The operations of the treatment facility are by state certified operators. Administration is
over seen by a non paid five (5) member Board of Directors.