Because of the drought, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority in Reno is starting $25 million worth of water delivery and storage improvements.
On the south side of Reno, Paul Miller, Manager of the Water Authority’s Operations and Water Quality checks pressure on a well that is forcing water into the ground. It is using an underground formation known as an aquifer to serve as a reservoir. Because of the drought, Miller has accelerated an existing plan to expand the capacity of the aquifer by increasing the number of injection wells by 30 percent.
“The technology is available, the facilities are available, lets prepare our groundwater resources to be in the best shape they can during these drought periods and that is what we are trying to do.”
The authority will also build pipelines this year in north and south Reno to improve water supply and storage. According to the Authority’s General Manager the agency has enough cash reserves to make the improvements without charging customers more.