Meters part of future
May 11, 2017
Minden's water supply was one of the legacies that the Dangbergs passed down to the town.
With all the press the town's wholesale water operation is getting, it's hard to remember that it also sells water to its residents.
Unlike most organizations implementing water meters, the town board says it doesn't intend to raise rates.
Officials estimated that without a rate change, they could see a 10 percent drop in water use.
Every home in the Douglas County seat should have a meter by 2025.
We actually don't expect Minden's water meter issue to actually heat up until, oh, say 2023.
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That's certainly the example offered by the most recent convert to meters, the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District.
Douglas County's largest community made the decision to convert to meters a decade ago, but the formula for public concern is always inversely proportional to the amount of time until some action is taken.
Which loosely translates into the more time people have before a change, the less time they'll take to actually take to prepare, and the more surprised they'll be when the deadline arrives.
Of all the hydrographic basins in Nevada, Carson Valley is one of the richest when it comes to groundwater resources. Public utility customers generally benefit from clean water without paying for expensive treatment processes required to use surface water.
Any sort of infrastructure a water system requires to deliver water to people's homes invariably shows up on their bills, so reduction in useage also means delaying when a new well needs to be drilled. Every new well is not just an expense, it's a gamble. And one thing we definitely prefer our utilities not do is gamble with our future.