“TMWA (Truckee Meadows Water Authority) is planning to build a new water treatment plant on Whites Creek near Callahan Ranch Road on the north side of the Mt. Rose Highway. There will be a public Open House about the plans for this plant, January 11 from 5 to 7 pm at the South Valleys Library. This will also be discussed at the Citizens Advisory Board meeting, which I believe is scheduled for Thursday, January 14 at 6 pm, also at the South Valleys Library.” – [email from Beth Honebein]
The TMWA’s plan is to address the dramatic drops in groundwater as development continues in the Mt Rose “fan” area. The development over the last decades have taken more and more water from the depleting aquifer. The proposed solution – taking more surface water – could further reduce groundwater recharge from surface overland flow and will reduce flows in the creek below the proposed plant. To find out how TMWA plans to handle the current and proposed increases in population in this area it is important to attend the meetings.