Indian Hills turns tap on Minden water |

Indian Hills turns tap on Minden water

Indian Hills turned on the big tap Monday and began taking water from the Minden pipeline.

General Improvement District Manager John Lufrano said 1,400 gallons a minute is running through the district’s water plant.

“We will be operating the plant manually for two or three days until the telemetry can be switched over,” he said. “It will be about a week before the old water is flushed out of our pipelines and storage tanks and then we’ll be on pure Minden water.”

Indian Hills is the end of the line for Minden water until Carson City completes its pipeline south.

“The pipeline doesn’t go 20 feet past our collection point,” he said.

The pipeline is the culmination of three years work.

The arsenic levels in Indian Hills’ wells are about 17 parts per billion. In 2006, when the federal limit for arsenic dropped from 50 parts per billion to 10, the district was found to be out of compliance.

The district received a three-year exemption in 2006. But because it serves more than 5,000 people, it wasn’t eligible for an extension when the exemption expired in January 2009.

Around the same time, discussions had begun to determine whether a pipeline from Minden to the East Valley could be extended to Indian Hills to supply the district.

The district was also considering building a $4.5 million treatment plant to fix the arsenic problem, but in July 2009 board members voted to participate in the pipeline to the tune of $3.01 million.

The entire project will end up costing about $21 million, including upgrades to the water mains running from the town’s wells to the pipeline, increasing production from the town’s current wells, construction of a 2.5 million gallon water tank and upgrades to the town’s booster station.