Source: Nevada Irrigation District
Water supplies to the greater Grass Valley-Nevada City area are safer and more reliable as a result of NID’s Banner Cascade Pipeline Project which is being phased into operation this fall and winter. Pipeline construction, roadway overlays and repaving are finished, tree planting and hydroseeding are being completed this fall, and a startup testing program of the large water system is under way.
In planning for 10 years and under construction for the past two years, the $41 million upgrade is the largest project completed by NID since the Yuba-Bear Hydroelectric Project was built in 1963-66. The project includes 6.4 miles of large diameter pipeline to carry water across Banner Mountain to NID’s Elizabeth L. George and Loma Rica water treatment plants. It will also make more irrigation water available to the canal water systems of western Nevada County.The overall project includes 5.5 miles of new treated water pipeline and new fire hydrants, making new supplies of safe drinking water available to many Banner Mountain neighborhoods.
An interesting feature near the downstream end of the water project is the plumbing for a future small hydroelectric power station near NID’s Loma Rica Reservoir. The Banner Cascade Pipeline Project is the second phase of a major upgrade to a key water system serving western Nevada County. NID improved the Upper Cascade Canal (east of Red Dog Road) in an $18 million project completed in 2000-2002.
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