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Plan for Water

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A Long-Range Decision Tool to Guide NID’s Water Management

This process is an open and comprehensive look at available water supplies and different demands to determine the best ways to manage the community’s water resources over the coming decades.

The Plan for Water will not identify specific programs or projects needed to meet future demand. Instead,it will develop a range of potential scenarios for the NID Board of Directors to consider when determining how to meet the community’s water needs.

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The public is invited to participate in a number of workshops covering 10 stages where questions and concerns can be addressed. The District’s plan will benefit from a public outreach process that increases public understanding of water resource challenges, considers the community’s long-term plans and priorities, and listens to and learns from the public.

Long-range planning ultimately involves forecasting and projecting future conditions based on realistic, valid and supportive assumptions.

Regardless of the technology, science, or process used, assumptions still must be made to produce a forecast. These assumptions dictate what the community will be and look like throughout the planning horizon for the future.

There is a wide range of assumptions that can be made for any particular data point, all of which may be equally valid. It is the purpose of the Water Planning Projections, to define forward-looking and viable assumptions which are supported by industry-standards and reasonable methodology developments.

The Plan for Water is born of the FERC relicensing effort, climate change impacts, financial requirements, and new regulatory requirements. The Plan for Water does not re-analyze or revisit any new requirements set by FERC or the State. Instead, it sets these requirements as the new normal, and looks ahead 50 years to anticipate potential supply/demand scenarios and identify alternative solutions.

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Promise to the Public

Working together as a community is based on the following objectives for the Plan:

  • Assess our water situation together
  • Develop a deeper understanding of subsequent impacts to community interests and the community’s future
  • Provide a forum for community members to offer their input, as opposed to a closed process consisting only of technical experts. Focus on overarching strategic policies and not on specific projects
  • Understand what is really important to the community and why
  • Pursue community solutions within NID’s legal responsibilities to its customers and landowners within its service area.

The Plan for Water is a community collaboration process to determine the best ways to meet the community’s demand for water over the coming decades.


On Jan. 15, 2020 the Board of Directors conducted a workshop to discuss and offer direction on key goals and critical success factors for Plan for Water's Public Outreach Process design.

The Nevada Irrigation District’s Plan for Water was last updated in 2005 and adopted in 2013. The plan helps guide decisions related to the water system over the coming decades.

The District is updating the plan to reflect changes in water demand, supply and the potential effects of climate change. The plan is an organizational tool that seeks to align resource decision making with community values and District operational needs, including technical and cost criteria requirements. When complete the plan will show how a variety of future water supply and demand scenarios could be integrated to ensure our community enjoys the same high-quality, reliable water system we have now.


To develop the Plan for Water, NID is looking to elements of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) M50 process. The aim is to create a planning process that can result in a cost-effective and environmentally sound plan that the public can support.


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