October 29, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $4.5 Million for Rural Water Infrastructure in Nevada

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $4,577,528 to rural communities in Nevada to fund water and waste infrastructure improvements.

“We’re glad to see these funds go to rural communities to modernize water systems, improve health outcomes, increase resilience, and promote economic development,” said the Senators. “Updating these systems will help thousands in the Silver State, and we will keep working in the Senate to support Nevadans in every way we can.”


The projects are being funded through the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, which provides loans and grants to fund clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas with populations of 10,000 or less. The funds will be awarded as follows:

  • $3,535,000 to Mineral County to construct two ground-level, steel water storage tanks with a 1.5 million-gallon capacity. Project cost also includes the decommission and physical separation of two reservoirs and the Babbitt storage tank. The new tanks will serve approximately 3,269 residents.
  • $698,528 to Churchill County to drill and equip a 14-inch redundant well for Sand Creek’s water system, which serves 987 residents. Funds will also cover the cost to install 2,400 feet of 10-inch raw water transmission main and extend three-phase overhead power 900 feet. The Sand Creek water system currently relies on one well without a backup.
  • $344,000 to Storey County to replace two old, failing water tanks with new 500,000-gallon water tanks. The tanks will provide storage for water connections in the Virginia City area and will bring Storey County into full compliance with Nevada Bureau of Safe Drinking Water standards.