NID reports growing interest in public water supplies
As the California drought extends into its fourth year, the Nevada Irrigation District is reporting heightened public interest in connections to NID treated water systems.
“We’re getting calls every week from people who want to find out if NID water is available in their neighborhoods,” said NID Water Operations Manager Chip Close. “We are hearing from people who are concerned about their wells.”
NID operates seven water treatment plants that supply safe drinking water to the more populated areas ranging from portions of Nevada City and Grass Valley to Penn Valley and Lake Wildwood, Chicago Park, Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines and North Auburn.
Is there a treated water pipeline near your property? What can you do to connect to the NID system? What are the costs?
NID Business Services Technician Shannon Matteoni said a quick way to check is to see if any fire hydrants or small white NID paddle markers are located along nearby roads. These most likely indicate a water main line.
To check further, interested property owners are invited to call Matteoni at 530-273-6185, who will use your address and parcel number information to compare your location to existing NID facilities.
“When people are located too far away from the system, it is usually financially prohibitive, but when people are closer, they can collaborate with their neighbors,” Matteoni said. “We have worked with numerous neighborhood groups to bring in water supplies.”
NID’s Community Investment Program has an annual budget of $1.2 million, which is used for coordination, planning and design of water line extension projects. Property owners receiving the benefits of a treated water supply pay for capacity fees and construction costs, with NID offering financing of up to 20 years.
Costs can vary greatly, depending on location, topography and other factors. Interested property owners are encouraged to check with NID to get a better idea of costs in various areas.
“The program is designed to benefit existing neighborhoods, not to promote growth or commercial development,” Matteoni said. “It’s a fair and effective way to help people get water without placing the costs of system expansion on our ratepayers.”
To learn more about connections to the NID treated water system, see the district website at http://www.nidwater.com. The Community Investment Program, including a sample funding form, is found under the Planning tab.
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