November 20, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud USDA Rural Development Grant for Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development agency for awarding both a grant of $1,300,000 and a loan of $1,626,000 to the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony for an extension to the tribe’s water and waste system.

“Too many Native communities in Nevada and across the country face obstacles in accessing clean water, especially those living in rural parts of the Silver State. In Nevada and other arid parts of the West, providing that access is costly and challenging. We welcome this important grant to keep Nevadans healthy and safe, and we’ll continue fighting for federal dollars that improve the quality of life for Native families in Nevada.”


This Rural Development investment will be used to construct a new water and waste water system, replace 64 water meters with smart meters and provide 6-inch waters mains, fire hydrants, service lines, water meters and individual pressure reducing valves to extend service to 25 homes in the Hungry Valley Colony of the Washoe Tribe in Northern Nevada. A new 100,000 gallon water tank will be installed, the existing water tank will be re-coated and a new 12-inch transmission water line from the storage tank to the distribution system will be installed. The wastewater component of this project will include a new wastewater treatment plant liner in Ponds 1 and 2 and an extension of the existing collection system into the new housing development to include about 2,260 linear feet of 8-inch sewer mains, along with man holes, sewer lateral and clean outs.