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Highlights of the February 12, 2014, Reno City Council Meeting
Reno City Council Action
Agenda Item C.1 The Reno City Council gave a shout out to the Caughlin Ranch Homeowners Association for its water conservation efforts. The Council declared today (February 12, 2014) Caughlin Ranch Home Owners Association (CRHOA) Recognition Day in Reno.
When the CRHOA discovered that it possesses water rights to the Steamboat Ditch that are not just “flow-through” rights, it began working to create a water system that would use the ditch water to irrigate the grounds, instead of using municipal water.
The Association completed the water project in June, 2013, at a cost of almost $800,000 with HOA funds on-hand. From mid-June through mid-October 2013, CRHOA saved more than $125,000 in irrigation costs compared to the same period in 2012 for water used to irrigate large common areas.
The successful startup of the water project made it possible to put more Steamboat Ditch water in the creeks, ponds and the irrigation system at far less cost. The use of Steamboat Ditch water for landscaping decreases the amount of water needed to be treated and delivered by the Truckee Meadows Water Authority and supports water conservation efforts.
The CRHOA also recognized Alum Creek as a tributary to the Truckee River and has developed a proactive stewardship and education program to protect the creek from pollutants and erosion.
The water project supports the Council Priority to “Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods”.
Agenda Item D.3
The State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry recognized the Reno/Stead Water Reclamation Facility for its outstanding efforts in workplace safety. The Stead Facility garnered the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Award.
The State administers the program for the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). State Business and Industry Director Bruce Breslow and SCATS Consultation Supervisor Andy Giddings presented the award to the Stead plant employees.
Three employees manage the Facility, which treats water used by Stead residents and makes it useable for irrigation of parks and a golf course in the area.
The State Business and Industry Department’s objective is to encourage and promote the development and growth of business and to ensure the legal operation of business in order to protect consumers by maintaining a fair and competitive regulatory environment. http://business.nv.gov/About/About_Us/