WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement applauding the Bureau of Reclamation for awarding four WaterSMART grants totaling $252,433 to the City of Boulder City, the City of Henderson, the Moapa Valley Water District, and the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District to support water efficiency and conservation programs.
“With Lake Mead and the Colorado River currently experiencing water shortages, it is critical that we make a concerted effort to conserve the water we have,” said Senator Rosen. “I applaud the Bureau of Reclamation for funding these grants in Nevada and other western states in an effort to improve water efficiency and resiliency within communities. I will continue working to support programs like this one that will upgrade water use data and management, help cut down on water waste, and bolster conservation efforts in our state.”
BACKGROUND: The individual WaterSMART Small Scale Water Efficiency Grants issued to Nevada are as follows:
City of Boulder City, Water Meter Upgrades
Reclamation Funding: $75,000
The City of Boulder City will upgrade 306 manual read residential and commercial meters to an automatic meter reading system. These upgraded meters will be able to capture data via radio transmission, allowing the City staff to spend less time manually reading meters and obtain more accurate water usage data. The project will help address the established Southern Nevada Water Authority Water Conservation 2035 target goal of 105 gallons of water per person per day in Boulder City.
City of Henderson, Irrigation Cell Based Registers
Reclamation Funding: $30,763
The City of Henderson will upgrade 128 meters with cell-based registers and integrate them into the City’s web portal. The project will enhance data available to the utility and customers, reduce energy use and reduce maintenance needs, and support enforcement of watering restrictions. The upgrade of meters is identified in Henderson's Water Conservation Plan.
Moapa Valley Water District, Water Metering and Data Management Upgrade
Reclamation Funding: $75,000
The Moapa Valley Water District, located in southern Nevada, will upgrade 300 domestic water meters to meters coupled with cellular endpoints for improved data analytics and water management. This project will increase efficiency in Moapa Valley Water District’s distribution system by providing more accurate water usage data to the District and Customers. The project is supported by the District’s Water Conservation Plan and will benefit multiple partners, including the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, Southern Nevada Water Authority, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Truckee-Carson Irrigation District, Upgrade to Satellite Relay for near real-time data acquisition.
Reclamation Funding: $71,670
The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District, located in western Nevada, will install radios and data loggers at 25-meter sites within the Lahontan Valley (Carson Division) of the Newlands Reclamation Project located in western Nevada. The project will provide monitoring of real-time conditions which will result in improved water efficiency and is supported by the District’s current five-year Water Conservation Plan.
The Senate-passed bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Senator Rosen co-authored, and helped pass, provides $400 million for WaterSMART Grants, which focuses on improving water conservation and reliability while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use.