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The Washoe County Board of Commissioners and Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TWMA) Board of Directors met in a joint meeting yesterday and unanimously approved an Interlocal Agreement which will govern the merger of Washoe County Department of Water Resources Water Utility into TMWA.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kathy Carter (County)- 775.328.6169
Marlene Olsen (TMWA)- 775.829.2810
09-109
December 10, 2009. (RENO, Nev.) – The Washoe County Board of Commissioners and Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TWMA) Board of Directors met in a joint meeting yesterday and unanimously approved an Interlocal Agreement which will govern the merger of Washoe County Department of Water Resources Water Utility into TMWA.

The Interlocal Agreement will govern and provide a framework for the merger process and allow the entities to develop and implement a plan to provide the most efficient operation of the combined water system. A final close date is yet to be determined, and will depend on when market conditions are right for debt refinancing. With the Interlocal Agreement as a guideline, the transition will continue through most of 2010, addressing such issues as due diligence and risk allocations.

Washoe County Commissioner Bob Larkin, who is a member of both boards, emphasized the historic importance of this document. "When we do them, we do them right," Larkin said. "You see governments working together for the better--to reduce costs and expenses." Dave Humke, Commission Chairman, offered, "This is a giant step forward in eliminating the duplication of services in the delivery of water to the community."

TMWA Board of Directors and the County Commission began discussing the possibility of merging the two water operations to achieve improved customer service, water resources management, system reliability, cost reductions and future cost avoidance for the benefit of customers and the community.

Citizens are encouraged to attend public meetings and monitor posted agendas for items related to this topic at the following links: Truckee Meadows Water Authority, www.tmh2o.com; Washoe County Board of Commissioners, www.washoecounty.us/bcc; and the Western Regional Water Commission, www.wrwc.us. Yesterday`s 40-minute meeting can be viewed from the County`s website at www.washoecounty.us, clicking on The Washoe Channel logo, selecting the "video on demand" link, and choosing the 12/9/09 BCC/TMWA Joint Meeting video.

Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is a not-for-profit water utility, overseen by elected officials from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. TMWA employs a highly skilled team who ensure the treatment, delivery and availability of high-quality drinking water around the clock for more than 330,000 residents of the Truckee Meadows.

Washoe County is a regional government serving 420,000 citizens with services that ensure public safety, security and quality of life for all residents.