In 2005, three neighborhood groups within the NID boundary worked with NID Board and Staff to revise NID policies to reduce the cost to property owners for waterline extensions. As such, NID revised its Capacity Charges to include storage tanks, pump stations, and pressure reducing stations, thereby reducing the cost for waterline extensions and increasing the cost for all future connections to water mains (flat land parcels and hillside parcels). The revised Capacity Charges are deposited in a restricted account (the “NID Treated Water Improvement Reserve”) for the purpose of funding major infrastructure. Also in 2005, a new policy was developed at NID called the Community Investment Program, whereby funds would be set aside each year to help groups seeking waterline extensions with start up costs (engineering and environmental studies), up to $250,000 per project, and the cost of fire hydrants.

As a continuing effort to bring treated water to the Cement Hill area, NID applied for, and community members lobbied for a California Department of Health Services State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan for the Cement Hill Treated Waterline Project. In 2007, the SRF Loan was awarded to NID in the amount of $9,834,973 for 20 years at an interest rate of 2.2836% per annum. As a condition of the SRF Loan, NID was required to form an assessment district or Community Facilities District (CFD) to secure payments for the loan.

In 2007, NID annexed 16 parcels in the Cement Hill area to allow those parcels to receive treated water with the Cement Hill Treated Waterline Project. A combination of the new NID policies and the SRF Loan made the Cement Hill treated waterline project more affordable; with costs ranging from of $20,000-$23,000 per parcel. Construction on the 11 miles of pipeline began in 2010 and water flowed to all parts of the project in 2012.

BRI was responsible for developing a Right of Way Manual establishing Nevada Irrigation District’s policies and procedures, draft documents, and communication plan throughout the project.  We supported NID’s staff in public outreach meetings throughout the project.  BRI was responsible for establishing limits of authorization for approvals within the organization, and our primary functions included project management, appraisal, acquisition, relocation and escrow support.  We also provided expert witness support.  It was our goal to manage the project with minimal impact to NID’s existing Right of Way staff which already was responsible for a tremendous work load.  Working closely with NID’s Right of Way Staff, we were successful in delivering the right of way for the project on time and on budget.