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Water district copes with aging system, water for Lincoln

The Nevada Irrigation District continues to plug leaks in its aging system while planning more grandiose projects for the future.

Tuesday, new Water Superintendent Warren Hart mentioned a number of district canals that need work to either continue delivery or to add more flow to meet the demands of the area’s rapid growth.

“If we don’t get on this now, it could be a real problem down the road,” said Don Wight, the district’s new water operations manager. He suggested making a list of priorities for the district board to include major projects and what can be done in-house.

The Combie Canal restoration project’s first phase is now complete, Wight said. It was necessitated after the canal failed in July 2002, dumping water and debris into Bear River below.

Already this summer, work has been done outside of Nevada City on the Cascade Canal, which has improved flow. Another on the DS Canal will fix a pipe over Deer Creek and add even more flow, Hart said.

Meanwhile, 58 raw-water customers are on a waiting list to get service off of the Maben and Kyler canals south of Grass Valley that can’t be delivered until the canals are rehabilitated, Hart said. Six more customers await work on the Keystone Canal below Lake Wildwood.

The Rattlesnake Canal south of Grass Valley is due for rehabilitation work this winter, as are a number of other smaller canals, Hart said.

In other business:

• The district’s Water and Hydroelectric Operations Committee was told the proposed agreement to provide water for the booming city of Lincoln could be ready by August.

The plan would use Placer County Water Agency’s delivery system to get water to the part of Lincoln that sits within Nevada Irrigation District borders. The city predicts up to 12,000 new homes would use the water. The project also calls for a new water treatment plant for Lincoln and projected water sales for the fast-growing Highway 65 corridor.

• The committee also learned that an agreement between the Placer County Water Agency and NID to supply water service for future growth is now in a draft form. The Placer agency will review it and send any changes back to the committee in August or September.

– David Moller

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