New water treatment facility to undergo construction in summer of 2025

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6/13/24: RENO, Nev. (KOLO):

By Kevin Sheridan

New water treatment facility to undergo construction in summer of 2025

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – $30 million for a purified water facility is coming to northern Nevada.

The OneWater Nevada facility will be located at American Flat. The funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the funds will be used to increase the resiliency and sustainability of the region’s water resources.

“It is critical for us to invest in innovative solutions that will protect our state’s water resources,” said Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. “That is why I’m proud to have helped secure these federal funds through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to provide Washoe County communities with a new, locally controlled, and drought resistant water supply.”

“As Nevada confronts more frequent and extreme drought, it’s critical that we make investments to protect our water supply,” said Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen. “I worked to secure this funding to update our water infrastructure and ensure a clean, reliable water supply in Northern Nevada. I’ll keep pushing to deliver federal funding for our state.”

The facility will take highly treated effluent water from the Reno-Stead Water Reclamation Facility and put it through a multi-step purification process. That process includes ozonation, biological carbon filtration, ultraviolet disinfection, and other purification steps.

Once it is treated, the water will be injected into an outlying aquifer at American Flat, north of the Stead Airport.

The project is currently approaching the 60% design phase. The facility will include the advanced water purification center, six miles of pipeline and two injection wells at the American Flat farm. Construction on the project will begin in the summer of 2025.

“We are incredibly grateful for the remarkable level of support that the Bureau of Reclamation has shown for the American Flat project,” said John Zimmerman, TMWA General Manager. “The support for this innovative approach will optimize our high-desert water resources and benefit our region for generations to come.”

The Advanced Water Purifier will at first be used for agricultural irrigation at American Flat but will eventually be used to serve homes and businesses with water.

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