First connection on $41 million NID pipeline coming soon |

First connection on $41 million NID pipeline coming soon

In the next few days, Jake Covert will turn on a faucet in his Banner Mountain home and enjoy a steady flow of fresh, clean drinking water.

No more dry wells.

No more tapping off his neighbor’s well.

The Covert residence is the first to receive a new treated water connection as part of the Nevada Irrigation District’s current $41 million Banner Cascade Pipeline Project.

The milestone connection was announced at Wednesday’s NID Board of Directors meeting.

“About a year and a half ago, our well yield started dropping,” said Covert, who was contacted following the meeting. “It’s 275 feet deep and we’re down to about a half-gallon a minute.”

Covert resides on Banner Lava Cap Road, beyond the intersection with Idaho-Maryland Road. “When I heard that NID water was going to be available, I was dancing in the streets,” he said. “I went down and paid my $2,500 deposit.”

A former president of the Nevada County Association of Realtors, Covert said he and his wife, KC, live in a nice home but have been concerned not only about their water supply but the home’s value should they ever decide to sell.

Covert will pay $6,985 for his new water connection, which he said compares very favorably with the costs for drilling a new well. And with a well, he noted, there are no guarantees.

Brian Powell, NID’s project manager, said the Banner Cascade Pipeline Project will eventually make NID treated water available to hundreds of property owners.

Project construction began in June and is scheduled for completion by late 2011.

Nevada City resident and freelance writer Dave Carter contracts with the Nevada Irrigation District.

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