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NID to Expand Water Network

The Nevada Irrigation District is looking at new ways to extend treated water supplies to neighborhoods that are beyond existing water system infrastructure.
In a presentation at Wednesday’s (Feb. 13) meeting of the NID Board of Directors, Chief Engineer Gary King outlined a “backbone extension” program that would expand the district’s current systems. He said the program would be “another tool” in helping residents gain access to public treated water supplies.
The program would use capacity funds, reimbursements and tax funds to pay for waterline extension and regionalization projects and then recoup some of the advance funding as new customers hook up to the system, King said.
Division III Director Scott Miller, M.D., who helped shepherd the concept through the board’s Engineering Committee, said that some of the advance funding could come from increased hydroelectric energy sales the district anticipates in coming years.
King said that in addition to providing water to more people, the program could help the district in its goals to interconnect and regionalize its treated water systems, leading to more reliable water service for existing and new customers.
He mentioned two large projects that could be conducted through the program. One is a new transmission line between Alta Sierra and Lake of the Pines; the other is a new line in the Quaker Hill area between Banner Mountain and Cascade Shores.
The board took no action on the concept but unanimously encouraged staff to move forward in developing details of a program.

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