NID, GV to study water-system transfer |

NID, GV to study water-system transfer

Should Nevada Irrigation District take over Grass Valley’s 2,250-customer treated water system?

NID directors and the Grass Valley City Council voted unanimously this week to study the issue. They plan to hire a consultant and evenly split the estimated $40,000 to $45,000 cost of the study.

However, NID directors did express some concerns Wednesday about the proposed takeover before voting 5-0 to undertake the study.

Grass Valley has roughly $3.2 million in outstanding debt on its water treatment system. NID Director Scott Miller of southern Nevada County wanted to make sure that NID doesn’t incur any of that debt.

If NID takes over, NID Operations Manager Terry Mayfield said, “We may be able to mothball the Grass Valley treatment plant” and supply water to city customers from NID’s Elizabeth George treatment plant.

NID Director George Leipzig of Lake Wildwood wondered how much capacity the NID treatment plant had to spare.

Mayfield said the George plant is operating at 70 percent capacity, which might increase to 80 percent or 85 percent if NID used it to serve Grass Valley.

NID Director R. Paul Williams of Placer County said, “I personally have many concerns about this whole project,” including whether Grass Valley would share tax revenue with NID.

But “that’ll all be cleared up with this study,” he predicted.

The timetable calls for proposals by Feb. 15, consultant selection by Apr. 18, and a final draft study by June. 20. Public hearings and meetings between the agencies would follow. NID General Manager Jim Chatigny said that if the study shows the project is feasible, the entire transfer process would probably take a few years.

The Grass Valley City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to participate in the study.

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