Nevada cities to supply effluent to Tesla and Switch

Published September 14th, 2017

The cities of Reno and Sparks this week approved an agreement to supply treated effluent to an industrial park in Nevada, which will house Tesla’s battery manufacturing facility (the Gigafactory) and a Switch data centre.

The Tahoe-Reno Industrial General Improvement District (TRIGID) will lease up to 4,000 acre-feet (5 million m3) of treated wastewater from Reno and Sparks annually, and fund a $35 million 13-mile pipeline to the industrial park. In return, TRIGID will relinquish 1,500 acre-feet per year in water rights from the Truckee River, and fund research into an additional 2,200 AFY in unproven rights, which will help offset the return flow to the river.

The deal is the latest example of industrial users partnering with cities to purchase recycled wastewater. In 2015, Apple part-funded a $17.5 million pipeline with California’s Santa Clara Valley Water District to supply treated effluent to its recently completed Apple Park headquarters.