From today’s Reno Gazette Journal/USA Today, Sunday, December 2, 2015
by Jeff Delong
Planned is a $27.6 million effort to expand use of surface water to the area and in doing so, ease up on that overburdened groundwater resource. TMWA immediately initiated the process last winter, sending some 3,000 acre-feet of surface water to the Galena area – supplies that allowed it to shut down 15 wells that otherwise would have been pumping from the ground to meet demand.
A $2.8 million project to pipe treated Truckee River surface water up to the area above Zolezzi Lane is now under construction as the utility moves to expand the process.
Other plans are longer term and more expensive. One is the construction of an $8.2 million plant to treat surface water drawn from Thomas and Whites creeks in the upper Galena area. Another $11.6 million will be spent to purchase water rights from those creeks. Money for those projects will be raised through connection fees charged to new development, with no impact on rates paid by existing water customers, Foree said.