Carson, Douglas discuss Minden water deal |

Carson, Douglas discuss Minden water deal

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What: Douglas County Board of Commissioners

When 1:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Tahoe Transportation Center 169 Highway 50, Stateline

An agreement to purchase water from the Town of Minden is scheduled to go before Douglas and Carson City officials on Thursday.

Negotiations have been going on between the town, the two counties and the Indian Hills General Improvement District for a year.

Under the new agreement, Douglas will purchase water from Minden for 69 cents per 1,000 gallons, down 6 cents per 1,000 gallons.

The new Carson rate is set at 87.2 cents per 1,000 gallons for the first year. That amount will increase over the next five years to be $1.053.

Minden has been wholesaling water to Douglas, Carson and Indian Hills since 2010. Douglas County will receive 18.2 cents of the rate charged to Carson City for the operation of the pipelines.

Minden water is used by the three entities to mix locally to reduce the levels of naturally occurring arsenic to meet federal requirements, which were reduced at the turn of the century.

The agreement with Douglas calls for the county to purchase 100 acre feet of water for $800,000 over the next 20 years.

Carson City’s agreement includes the purchase of 187. 5 acre feet of water over 20 years for $1.5 million.

Those rights will be added to the 2,690 acre feet of water rights the city already owns.

Indian Hills General Improvement District trustees are scheduled to discuss the agreement on June 21.

The town has substantial water rights that it holds as long as it can demonstrate they are being put to beneficial use.

Minden started providing water to the other entities as a means to show that it is putting the 12,000 acre feet of water rights it holds to good use.

Minden’s wholesale water business is projected to raise $1.28 million next year.