NID, Lincoln could build water treatment plant
The Nevada Irrigation District and the city of Lincoln have agreed to study the possible construction of a water treatment plant to serve the booming suburb in Placer County.
Wednesday, NID directors agreed with Lincoln to split the cost of a $180,000 study to look for sites and plan for a plant to serve the northeast quarter of the city. The Lincoln City Council accepted the agreement Tuesday.
NID Board of Directors member Nancy Weber was the only one against the pact, worrying that it might open the district up to full water sales to Lincoln. Weber also said the agreement was “putting the cart before the horse,” and should be done after the district firms up its strategic and raw water master plans.
“This is only an agreement to move forward cooperatively,” said NID Chief Engineer Tim McCall, who along with other NID officials assured Weber it was not a firm agreement to wholesale water to Lincoln.
NID and Lincoln have been discussing the new water treatment plant for months. Lincoln projects about 12,000 new homes to be built in its northeast corner as Sacramento-area growth continues into its boundaries.
By law, NID must serve customers in that portion of town because it is also within district borders. But the agreement limits NID’s service to that area and does not call for the district to accommodate the rest of Lincoln.
No cost estimate has been made for the proposed water treatment plant, but city and NID officials have agreed it will be in the millions. If the new partners agree to build the plant, they would share the cost of that as well.
In other NID news:
– Directors agreed to put the DS Flume replacement project out to bid. The district has $450,000 budgeted to replace the old wooden structure in the Banner Mountain area with a 6-foot-wide pipe.
– The board agreed to replace 1,200 feet of leaky pipeline in the Greenwood Road area of Grass Valley to improve service and stop it from leaking large amounts of water on to the Rough and Ready Highway.
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