Last pipe laid for water importation project near Reno

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RENO (AP) - The last pipe has been laid for what's believed to
be the first modern water importation project in Nevada - an
undertaking that will supply enough water to build 16-thousand
homes just north of Reno.
Construction of Vidler Water Company's 28-mile-long pipeline was
completed last week. Company officials say the 100 million dollar
project will send eight-thousand acre-feet of water a year from
Fish Springs Ranch to the Lemmon Valley area when fully operational
in January.
Vidler expects to finish work on water tanks, booster pumps and
well houses by late November. After a month of testing, the first
water should be ready for delivery in January. The pipeline is
located within Washoe County.
Vidler will recoup its investment in the project by selling
water rights to developers at 45-thousand dollars per acre-foot.
Company officials say all eight-thousand acre-feet will go to
the Lemmon Valley area, and about 500 acre-feet of water has been
reserved by homebuilders so far.

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