Nevada water authority approves $70 million for water projects, pipeline system

(UI) — More than $70 million in water projects were approved by the Southern Nevada Water Authority on Jan. 19, with roughly half going toward pipelines that North Las Vegas city officials hope will boost economic growth at Apex Industrial Park.

The Garnet Valley Water Transition System project, which entails building a network of pipelines to transport wastewater from an industrial park 20 miles northeast of the Strip back to the valley where it can be treated and recycled into Lake Mead, received unanimous board approval for funding of about $37 million from the water authority, the Las Vegas Review-Journal (LVRJ) reported.

“The park has been on the map, if you will, for many decades, but it’s lacked the infrastructure to support any development,” North Las Vegas Councilman and authority board member Scott Black told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Back in 2018, when North Las Vegas officials approved a plan with a private developer to construct water pipelines to the park in an effort to attract more companies to the location, things started to change. And as more businesses migrated to Apex in recent years, the city experienced a spike in activity.

The new pipeline system, which the water authority board approved on Thursday, will aid in maintaining that pace and allow the city to develop the entire Apex site, according to Black.

Black told LVRJ that the project, which would consist of 15 miles of pipeline, a reservoir with a capacity of 5 million gallons, and a pumping station with a capacity of 20 million gallons per day, is anticipated to be finished in five to seven years.

The water authority anticipates almost all of the water transported to Apex to be recycled back to Lake Mead because very little of it will be utilized outside or in other water-consuming activities like evaporative cooling, according to Colby Pellegrino, the water authority's deputy general manager of resources.

“There’s no residential zoning in Apex. There’s no parks. There’s no cemetery. So there will be no turf consumption of water in Apex,” Pellegrino told LVRJ. “You should end up with businesses with fairly low water footprints going into the Apex area, and the majority of that water footprint should be non-consumptive.”

Additionally, $28 million for water pipeline and pumping station modifications in the eastern Las Vegas Valley and an additional $7 million for Las Vegas Wash improvements and weir construction were approved as extra financing.

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