Case Studies

Washoe County – Financial and Functional Analysis of Water Service to the South Truckee Meadows General Improvement District


With current efforts in the region to consolidate water service to realize operational efficiencies, water resource efficiencies, and streamline planning and service delivery, the functional and financial relationships of Washoe County Department of Water Resources (DWR) and South Truckee Meadows General Improvement District (STMGID) need to be understood. HEC was retained to assist with two related tasks:

  1. To gain an understanding of the historical relationship of the two water providers and current operations of the South Truckee Meadows water systems.
  2. Determine whether the current cost allocation methodology is reflective of the services that DWR provides to STMGID.

The purpose is to describe the historical and current relationships of water service between DWR and the STMGID, and the cost of service to both County and STMGID water customers. The analysis presented herein specifically addresses the County’s costs of operating STMGID based on present day water infrastructure and operations.