Lincoln, Placer deals with NID closer |

Lincoln, Placer deals with NID closer

Thirsty Lincoln officials made it clear Wednesday that Nevada Irrigation District water is sorely needed to help support the city’s booming growth.

NID board members obliged them by approving a pact to study construction of a multimillion dollar water treatment plant that could serve up to 12,000 new Lincoln-area homes. The homes are being built in the northeastern part of the city that is also within NID borders.

The district board also approved a tentative plan to sell water to the Placer County Water Agency that would be pumped to the growing city to meet demands while the water treatment plant is being built. The pact also seeks to have PCWA and NID protect each other’s hydroelectric facilities and water rights going into the upcoming federal power relicensing process that could get contentious.

“We’re looking forward to working out all the details,” Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short said. “It’s an exciting time for us.”

City Director of Public Works John Pedri said 20 to 25 percent of the city would be using NID water at full expansion. Currently, the city is using about 2.1 million gallons a day maximum of NID water for 1,500 residences. That could grow almost 10 times to a projected 20.3 million gallons per day if all the new homes are built.

Although the pact with Lincoln has not gone before its City Council yet, Mayor Short said a committee has already been formed to deal with the project and NID. “I think we can work through any issues we can find,” Short said.

A joint NID-Placer County Water committee will meet today to discuss the pact for temporary Lincoln water and protecting each other’s future. NID Operations Manager Terry Mayfield said the districts could save money by studying the hydroelectric relicensing issue together.

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