78°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

Council OKs plan to remove turf

Updated August 17, 2022 - 11:12 am

Water was once again the main focus for City Council. At its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9, an agreement with the Southern Nevada Water Association that will remove turf in Boulder City to save on water was approved 4-0 by the council.

SNWA also gave a presentation to the council regarding recycling used water.

Cutting turf

Nearly 721,00 square feet of irrigated turf will be cut back to save on water. It is estimated that 55 gallons of water are saved per square foot. Most of the turf that will be removed is at the Boulder City Golf Course outside of the general play areas.

The SNWA’s Water Smart Landscapes Program will pay the city $3 per square foot to remove the first 10,000 square feet and $1.50 per square foot thereafter.

“This is just one small step and piece in a very large puzzle. These things do take time; I understand that there is a desire for us to get moving, and I think everyone else here has that desire. We are working with SNWA to make sure that the efforts that we make are valuable ones,” said Councilman James Howard Adams.

Water recycling

In a presentation to council members, Doa Ross, SNWA’s deputy manager, spoke about the ongoing water concerns that Southern Nevada is facing. The topic of recycling wastewater was discussed in great detail, as Boulder City is the only municipality in Southern Nevada that does not do this.

Instead, Boulder City takes its nearly 300 million gallons of wastewater per year and lets it evaporate out in the Mojave Desert.

“This has obviously been a topic for quite some time. We know that water runs out into the desert and that there has been a riparian area that has been created because of that,” said Mayor Kiernan McManus.

Ross shared some enlightening information on the current situation at Lake Mead as water levels are projected to drop below 900 feet. If this happens, the Hoover Dam will not be able to generate power and release water downstream to California, Arizona and Mexico.

“It is looking, based on current hydrologic models, that we will be at or bouncing around dead pool by the end of 2025,” said Ross.

Two plans for recycling water were proposed by Ross and SNWA. The difference between the two plans is simply where the water will be returned to. Boulder City has the option to return water directly into Lake Mead or to recycle water back into the city’s water supply.

The option of returning recycled water to Lake Mead would require negotiations with the city of Henderson as the water would need to be filtered through its wastewater treatment facility.

Ross also stated multiple times in her presentation that SNWA would be willing to help Boulder City financially with construction costs for this water retrieval line project.

“SNWA is committed to assisting with all of these costs, whichever option is chosen,” she said.

Still, McManus brought about his concerns with finances to SNWA and the council.

“My concern is that the push continues to be for this retrieval line, but we don’t know what these dollars and cents are. I have a real concern of getting hooked up into a system that is going against the growth policies that have been in this community for over 40 years,” he said.

Councilwoman Claudia Bridges urged the council to take action. She mentioned how they have been talking about this plan for the past three years and, in that time, thousands of gallons of water have been sent out to the desert to evaporate.

“We could have been building something so that we weren’t putting all that water into evaporation. It just makes me unhappy that we have been doing this. We have to drastically cut our water usage, and we have been talking about it and talking about it. We use the threats of growth and the issues of keeping our rates low, but in the meantime, we are in a significant drought and we are the only Southern Nevada municipality that doesn’t reuse or recycle its wastewater. That is a shame. That is horrible,” said Bridges.

Council member Matt Fox was not present at the meeting.

Contact reporter Owen Krepps at okrepps@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow him on Twitter @OKrepps85.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Lake gets slight boost, but drier times ahead

After falling more than 27 feet since the start of the year, Lake Mead got a bit of a bump thanks in part to the August monsoon season.

Chamber endorses plan to split up CCSD

Boulder City Chamber of Commerce is one of six Southern Nevada chambers of commerce that endorsed the Community Schools Initiative that would split up the Clark County School District if voters approve it in 2024.

Rehabilitation helps with illnesses, injuries

Rehabilitation is care that can help you get back, keep or improve abilities that you need for daily life. These abilities may be physical, mental and/or cognitive (thinking and learning). You may have lost them because of a disease or injury, or as a side effect from a medical treatment. Rehabilitation can improve your daily life and functioning.

City aboard land plan for new train museum

The Boulder City Council met Tuesday evening for a relatively light meeting in terms of agenda items. The fire department gave its annual presentation to the council, two bills were introduced and an ordinance that will provide 0.94 acres of land to the Nevada State Railroad Museum was unanimously approved.

Grant aims to help protect, conserve endangered species

While many people are fretting over the massive reduction of water at Lake Mead, the over 387 species of animals that call the lake home have also had to adjust to the drought.

Curreri joins city as public works director

Jamie Curreri has joined the city as its new public works director. He started Monday, Sept. 12, and replaces Keegan Littrell, who left in May for a position with Henderson.

Snake season: Warm temperatures bring out vipers

It’s summer and triple-digit weather season in the Boulder City and the Las Vegas Valley. While the heat can be a nuisance to some, rattlesnakes are thriving and catching some rays.