A reliable public water supply is coming to a south Nevada County neighborhood where residents have experienced well problems and water shortages, according to a news release.
Property owners along East Hacienda Drive and Pioneer Way off Magnolia Road and the Nevada Irrigation District are sharing in the costs of the $1.08 million waterline extension project.
Residents of the area and members of the NID staff joined with project contractor Hansen Brothers Enterprises, Inc., of Grass Valley for a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday (May 7). The new pipeline is expected to be in service in August.
NID project engineer Adrian Schneider said the new 12-inch water main will be the first link in a master-planned pipeline to connect the treated water systems in Alta Sierra and Lake of The Pines.
“This is an area where there has been growing demand for water service,” he said. “Since this project is a key infrastructure expansion for us, the district is paying for the upsizing of the pipeline from 8-inch to 12-inch.”
NID Division III Director Scott Miller, who represents the South County area, said he is pleased to see the project moving forward. “The Hacienda project and the larger (backbone extension project) are the culmination of years of effort by the district to better serve all residents in district boundaries.
“The NID staff has done an excellent job in forwarding the policy principles that the Board of Directors has set forth,” he said.
Resident Tom Huiskens said the water project is the result of many years’ work.
“We had a need and it worked with NID’s long-range plan,” he said. “We’re very happy that it has come together like it has, not only for us but for the benefit of many others who will follow.”
The current project includes about 6,800 feet of new pipeline stretching from Magnolia Road along East Hacienda Drive and a portion of Pioneer Way.
A second 3,600-foot extension will likely be completed this year. The next section that will eventually connect the new pipelines to the Alta Sierra system at Brewer Road is anticipated to begin next year.
Schneider said the intertie between the two systems will not only make water available to a wider area but also increase system reliability for existing customers. He said the district would have backup and more options in service to the greater Lake of the Pines area.
For more information on water service, call NID Business Coordinator Shannon Matteoni at 530-273-6185, ext. 240.
“We had a need and it worked with NID’s long-range plan. We’re very happy that it has come together like it has, not only for us but for the benefit of many others who will follow.”
Resident Tom Huiskens