Letter to RGJ Regarding Verdi Development and Lack of Water

The following letter was featured in the January 24th issue of Reno Journal Gazette.  Thanks to Adrian Argyris of Verdi for getting the word out!

The city of Reno has approved development on annexed Verdi land where assurance had been provided that water service would be through TMWA.

The city tossed out this guarantee with the approval of Meridian 120 North’s development, where water to the 273 homes will be provided by a privately owned and operated water system that will pump the underground aquifer and store it in 1-million-plus-gallon water tanks.

The Truckee River Basin is one of 45 basins in Nevada that are over appropriated — meaning there are more water rights on paper than there is water in the ground.

The aquifer is going down. The conveyance is used up. Groundwater does not stay in one place. It flows down and out.

A well drilled to 100 feet will be sucked dry by a well drilled to 1,000 feet.

It’s hydrology 101. It is not a question of “if” but “when” the domestic wells in the area are sucked dry.

Adrian Argyris, Verdi

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