NID hydrants for Banner Mt. mulled |

NID hydrants for Banner Mt. mulled

Nevada Irrigation District officials on Tuesday discussed bending NID rules and tapping the agency’s bank account to install $40,000 worth of fire hydrants on Banner Mountain as part a controversial proposed water pipeline project.

But that didn’t seem to impress an audience of about 20 Banner Mountain residents gathered at NID headquarters – many of whom vented angry, anti-pipeline feelings.

“They’re throwing us a bone,” complained one man in a whisper to his neighbor.

So went a two-hour-long NID engineering committee meeting about putting water that now flows in the Lower Cascade Canal into a 51/2 -mile long, roughly 4- to 5-foot diameter pipeline.

The pipeline could cross about 150 properties on Banner Mountain if NID decides to go ahead with a route mapped out in February. The route is south of, and roughly parallel to, Banner Lava Cap Road and Idaho Maryland roads.

NID officials like that route, in part because it would allow the water to flow by gravity, with no pumping required.

But residents repeatedly objected Tuesday to crossing private property, arguing that NID should bury the proposed pipe under Banner Lava Cap itself, even if that costs more.

“Alternate routes be damned! Use Banner Lava Cap or the (existing Lower Cascade) canal,” one man said to loud applause.

NID’s engineering committee, chaired by NID directors Scott Miller of south county and George Leipzig of Lake Wildwood, decided a couple of things Tuesday:

— Ask the full NID board to consider installing fire hydrants on part of the pipeline project.

— Ask the consultant involved in the project to slow things down and schedule more public meetings.

Construction of a pipeline is at least a year in the future.

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