The most obvious part of the park utilities is what we Jojobians dubbed Three Tank Hill - for obvious reasons. This storage facility holds 60,000 gallons of fresh, treated water. A fourth tank on another hill provides a 20,000 gallon reserve.
Our water supply is adequate for the foreseeable future. We have five operating wells. The last well drilled, Oak Grove, came in as an artesian well, a good sign of a bountiful supply. Three water tanks deliver water at a pressure of 40 pounds per square inch to the system throughout the park. The water system also provides water to the resort's fire hydrant system and the resort's drip line system. Two wells pump untreated water to maintain the levels of the ponds located throughout the park.
The water system includes a water treatment facility on Three Tank Hill. This system automatically maintains the proper chlorination level. Water is regularly tested by the county and has always been found to be within standards.
What goes in must come out. The Resort has a large septic system with seventeen individual septic tanks throughout the park. Additional leach fields and seepage pits allow ample sewage disposal.
The resort is serviced by a large storm drainage system for handling runoff from the infrequent, but sometimes copious, rains we receive in desert country. The ponds are part of this system.
There are over four miles of roads throughout the park. The main roads were recently paved with chip seal and pea gravel. The emergency exit road is not paved, but the DG (decomposed granite) of this area makes a good, solid road bed.
Electrical power to the resort comes from Southern California Edison. Power is distributed through underground wiring. Each site is wired for 50 amps of 120 volt power and has receptacles and breakers for a 50 amp plug, a 30 amp plug and two 20 amp plugs.
In addition to power from outside, the resort has battery backup and two emergency generators, one for the phone system and one for the water well pumps.
The resort sells propane to its members at bulk cost. Tanks, either detachable or permanently installed, are filled on a regular schedule. This work is performed by SKP volunteers. Other volunteers help those members who are incapacitated to see that their tanks are filled as needed.
The resort has an in-park telephone system with an extension to every site. It costs nothing per month to access this system for in-park calls. We have built in voice mail to take your messages. The system is serviced with 16 trunk lines from GTE, sufficient to handle the voice traffic for members of the resort. Calls placed to outside the park are toll or long distance calls at the business rate and are charged to the calling site.
Each site is also wired with a second telephone line that can be used for connection to GTE for direct service. These phone lines are most useful for members who wish to make extensive use of the Internet and spend long periods with their computers connected to the phone line. The local GTE dialing area for the resort is the Hemet area, and there are several Internet Service Provider POPs in that area.
The Resort maintains its own cable system for TV with several antennae on Three Tank Hill. These antennae provide excellent reception for a number of Los Angeles stations. In addition there are three satelline receivers that provide satellite programming on three of the VHF channels.
Channel 3 on the TV cable is a slide show that keeps all members informed as to Resort happenings, announcements, and notices.
The last part of the infrastructure is the 70 acres of land around the sites. Much of this is left in its natural state as habitat for the wildlife that thrives around us. Our location makes this one of the most peaceful places one can find in Southern California, with little or no noise, no smog, and many beautiful clear days.
November 4, 2009
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