Storey County Breaks Ground on $2.12 Million 5-Mile Water Line Project


Storey County today broke ground on a $2.1 million water project to replace a water line originally built in the 1870s. Over 1,450 feet of new water main will be constructed to connect Virginia City to the 5-mile Reservoir. USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service provided a 40-year Water and Waste Disposal loan for the project, which was obligated in 2016. ”
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NvRWA USDA Loan Assistance

NvRWA can assist your community with the USDA loan application, including on-line applications!

Just give us a call, email us a note or fill out the form below to get in touch.  

Bob Foerster
Executive Director
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Historic Funding Available for Rural Water and Waste Water Infrastructure

Carson City, NV – In March 2018, Congress provided a historic level of funding that included $5.2 billion for United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities under 10,000 population.  At this level, USDA, under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, have the necessary resources to completely address the $3 billion backlog and ensure additional investments are targeted to rural communities with the greatest infrastructure needs.

“For decades, elected officials from the local county supervisor to the President have placed aging infrastructure as one of the top priorities.  These efforts have now come to fruition,” NRWA CEO Sam Wade stated. “Small communities and rural water and wastewater systems are highly encouraged to apply for USDA loans and grants now. Since Congress has clearly recognized the need by providing robust funding levels, we must fully utilize these resources to strengthen Rural Water.”  Replacement projects, upgrades needed to existing assets and other work not needing extensive environmental review, that could be started very soon are candidates for funding in the current cycle. Please consider for immediate action near-term items on your capital improvement plan, or items that have shown signs of failure, such as mains with a history of numerous breaks. If your system is not fully metered, this availability of funds now presents a great opportunity.

Rural community leaders can apply for these funds electronically by using the interactive RD Apply tool

  • They can also apply, or get assistance with an application through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices. In Nevada the contacts are: 775-887-1222, Community Programs Director – Cheryl Couch – x4760 Community Programs Loan Specialist – Lisa Goodfellow – x4761. In the Elko office, the contact is: Community Programs Loan Specialist – Maria Murillo on 775-738-8468 x107.  Please give USDA RD a call to talk about your project.
  • “Robust, modern infrastructure is foundational for quality of life and economic opportunity – no matter what zip code you live in, ”Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett said in a news release on July 16, 2018. “Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, USDA is committed to be a strong partner in addressing rural infrastructure needs to support a more prosperous future in rural communities.”

28th Annual Conference Winners & Slideshow

Thank you to all who attended the Nevada Rural Water Association 2018 Conference on March 13th – March 15th, 2018 at the Nugget Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

We hope that you found the conference informative and worthwhile.
We believe that our group of speakers provided in-depth insight. Your presence helped make this event a great success, we had over 325 attendees & 41 vendors. Your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun. We wish you the best and hope that you continue to be engaged with Nevada Rural Water Association. Congratulations to the following award winners:
  • Administrative Person of the Year Award: Ana Fitzgerald, Hawthorne Utilities
  • Manager of the Year Award: Matthew Martensen, Silver Springs MWC
  • The Butch Smith Drinking Water Operator of the Year Award for Extraordinary Service and Dedication: Andrew Hickman, Round Hill GID
  • The Wastewater Operator of the Year Award: Nathaneal Collier, Alamo Water & Sewer GID
  • Operator of the Year Award: Corry Chamberlin, Silver Springs MWC


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Manditory Consolidation

November 20, 2017  Illinois and Utah Rural Water Associations Stand Up for Small and Rural Communities and Against Allowing State Regulators to Force Consolidation Over Community Objections: On Wednesday, Illinois Rural Water’s Executive Director Frank Dunmire and Utah Rural Water’s National Director and NRWA Regulatory Committee Chair Paul Fulgham made presentations to the House Energy and Committee Committee staff and the staff of the Committee’s Chairman, Representative John Shimkus (IL).  The two rural water representatives urged the Chairman to drop the “mandatory consolidation” provision in the Committee’s Safe Drinking Water Act amendment, HR 3387.  The rural water team explained that states currently have powers of condemnation, emergency actions, and receivership that provide for the necessary due process for the citizens of any community in question.  The Committee’s new federal authority for state regulatory agencies circumvents current due process to the detriment of local citizens and governments.  


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