NID board offers hydrants to Banner Mountain residents |

NID board offers hydrants to Banner Mountain residents

Fire hydrants could be part of a proposed water pipeline that has many Banner Mountain residents seeing red.

On Wednesday, Nevada Irrigation District directors firmed up an offer to include fire hydrants as part of a proposed 42-inch pipeline that would carry water now flowing through the Lower Cascade Canal.

Normally, NID doesn’t allow fire hydrants on untreated water systems, nor does it pay for fire hydrant installation.

“We’re recommending a variance in this case because of the unusually high clarity of the water we’re dealing with, since it likely won’t plug up fire hydrants like siltier water can,” said NID Chief Engineer Tim McCall.

NID hasn’t yet chosen an exact route for the pipeline, but has discussed aligning it south of and parallel to Banner Lava Cap and Idaho Maryland roads. McCall said it would cost about $38,000 to install nine hydrants along the pipeline.

No one spoke about the proposal during the public comment period.

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