NID shoves stopper in Lincoln water delivery plan |

NID shoves stopper in Lincoln water delivery plan

The brakes have been slammed on the Nevada Irrigation District’s plan to supply water to the booming town of Lincoln because no one is sure what the city’s future demand for life’s most precious commodity will be.

Since 2004 NID has been planning to build a new water treatment plant near Lincoln

to service that part of town and its future sphere of influence that are within NID’s borders. NID has been working with a figure of providing water to a possible 12,290 new homes in and around Lincoln at full buildout.

“It’s not accurate,” NID Director Nancy Weber said this week of the projected buildout. “The number hasn’t been really determined.”

Lincoln City Manager Jerry Johnson this morning said “it seems unlikely there will be significant change,” in the number. But he said it could change when the the city’s new general plan comes before the public in September and afterwards, when its sphere of influence for city services is established.

According to NID Assistant General Manager Tim Crough, “We don’t know if it will be more or less,” than the 12,290 homes originally estimated by then-Chief Engineer Tim McCall. McCall has retired from NID, but continues to be a consultant to the Lincoln project.

“It could be lower,” Crough said. “All it would take would be a change in the city’s political dynamics.”

For the full story, see Friday’s edition of The Union.

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