The Wastewater Infrastructure/Plants & Environmental Services
This section provides an umbrella over Environmental Engineering / wastewater treatment plants and conveyance systems, Stormwater Quality, Flood Protection and Management, and the Environmental Control program.
The Environmental Engineering section operates the Reno/Stead Water Reclamation Facility (RSWRF) and collaborates with the City of Sparks on operating the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF). Sewer rates were increased in our service area in 2012.
The City of Reno and City of Sparks share ownership of the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF). The City of Sparks provides direct operation while the City of Reno provides oversight of Capital Improvements for TMWRF. This team also works with other entities in the region to achieve regional water quality objectives.
Provides flood management, houses the Environmental Control program, implementation of the Truckee Meadows storm water pollution prevention program and Truckee River watershed management including the Truckee River Coordinated Monitoring Program, Low Impact Development (LID), tributary assessments and river restoration projects.
The Flood and Drainage group work on floodplain management and drainage improvements, flood map changes, and also actively participate in planning and engineering for the Truckee River Flood Project. This group also participates in the Virginia Street Bridge Replacement Project.
Environmental Control provides an industrial pre-treatment program for commercial/industrial sewer users to protect the City's treatment and collection system; provides a storm water discharge permitting program; approves and inspects grease or sand/oil interceptors which may be required for new food service or repair shop businesses; and administers a variety of programs for response to both accidental and intentional discharges.
The Environmental team coordinates the Truckee Meadows Storm Water Permit Coordinating Committee, or Truckee Meadows Watershed Committee, made up of representatives of Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. These entities are responsible for mitigating urban storm water entering the Truckee River through a Federally mandated NDPES permit from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. The committee's slogan, "Only rain in the storm drain!" encourages the public to carefully consider what they apply to their property, which eventually runs into the Truckee River. The City of Reno passed a Structural Controls Ordinance in 2009, requiring new development to include on-site storm water treatment, either through landscape features which collect runoff, or through more engineered controls. Guidance manuals for storm water treatment planning and design have been published and posted. The Committee also guides developers and industry on the Best Management Practices applicable for stormwater protection and has published a number of manuals for the construction and other industries.
The Environmental team administers the Bureau of Reclamation's Desert Terminal Lakes grant, which provides funding for the Lower Truckee River Restoration Projects, including McCarran Ranch, Lockwood, 102 Ranch, and Mustang. Working closely with The Nature Conservancy, City of Sparks, and other partners, the habitat on the lower Truckee River has benefitted greatly. The Below Derby Dam restoration project has been completed as well, with bank stabilization work and riparian plantings.