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Construction underway on Nevada water pipeline project

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Construction has started on the Regional Water Improvement Pipeline project in Nevada, US.

The 16-mile pipeline will deliver 4,000 acre-feet of treated effluent water from Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) in Sparks to the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRI Center). Farr West Engineering is the construction manager for the project.

The news was celebrated by Governor Steve Sisolak alongside leaders from every local government in the Truckee River region.

“This is a true win-win project that will create hundreds of good jobs in the community, while at the same time providing important environmental sustainability outcomes that benefit the residents and businesses along the Truckee River system,” said Governor Sisolak.

“I commend each of the government entities that have made this model of regional coordination and cooperation a reality.”

Some of the key benefits to be delivered by the pipeline include:

  • Eliminating the infusion of nitrate-rich effluent water into the Truckee River by utilising it at TRI Center;
    Protecting ratepayers and enabling growth by deferring a $25 million (€5 million) expansion of the TMWRF wastewater treatment facility;

  • Allowing TRI Center and the State of Nevada to provide clean instream flow water, maintaining the flow of the Truckee River;

  • Improving the overall water quality to Pyramid Lake by reducing the nitrates into Truckee River and protecting the endangered Cui-ui fish;

  • Creating hundreds of well-paid jobs in the local community.


Truckee Meadows Water Authority’s director, John Enloe, commented: “This important project checks the box on several of our major environmental objectives. This has proven a very innovative solution to an otherwise complex set of needs in the region. We couldn’t be more pleased to see this project get underway.”