The North Valley Water Line, Indian Hills Spur Project reached Substantial Completion on September 12, 2011. The project, designed by RCI, will allow Indian Hills GID to receive water from the Town of Minden as a part of the Douglas County Regional Water System. Previously, Indian Hills GID relied primarily on existing wells to provide water to its residents. However, the main well had levels of arsenic that were above the Environmental Protection Agency’s Arsenic Rule maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10 parts per billion.
RCI analyzed three alternatives including construction of an arsenic treatment plant and two alternative routes from the proposed Douglas County Regional Water System. The most cost effective and environmentally sound alternative was determined to be connection to the Douglas County Regional Water System at Heybourne Road, north of the Douglas County Water Treatment Plant, and construction of a new 18-inch diameter water main to the Indian Hills GID Hobo Water Treatment Plant. By participating in the Douglas County Regional Water System, Indian Hills GID is able to provide its residents with clean drinking water without the expense of construction and maintenance of an arsenic treatment plant. The project was funded by a USDA Rural Utilities Service loan and grant and a grant from the State of Nevada through the AB 198 program.
The project went to bid late in 2010 and in January 2011, the construction contract was awarded to Q&D Construction. Due to the extremely wet winter, the start of construction was delayed until April. Construction was substantially complete as of September 12, 2011 with the final revegetation of the disturbed areas to take place later in October 2011. After receiving approval from the State, Indian Hills GID began taking water from the new system on October 3, 2011.