The VVWD Developer Center is a place for VVWD to help Developers understand and facilitate the process of getting water to their new construction sites.
Our goal is to ensure safe water with quality distribution in a way that encourages conservation for the future. Our process is designed to ensure that all the safeguards are in place.
Rules and Regulations, and Construction Design Standards are available as downloadable PDF files from this website:
- Rules and Regulations
- Design Standards & Specifications
- Virgin Valley Water District Notes
- Cover Letter for Revised Design Standards & Specifications
. . and a hard copy can be obtained in the office for a fee.
The steps involved in getting your construction site set up for water delivery generally occur in the following sequence. Some of the steps may overlap, and remember that this is an overview, rather than an exhaustive list. Follow the links for more information and contact us for more information when required.
Virgin Valley Water District (District) Process for Obtaining a Conditional Commitment for Water Service (CCWS) and Project Approval
1) APPLICANT: Shall submit
- Project Submittal Form
- Conceptual Plan
2) DISTRICT: Will provide a water availability letter (expires one year after issuance, unless following steps are completed)
3) APPLICANT: Shall submit:
- Completed CCWS Form
- Two sets of Improvement Plans for review
- Plan Review Fee
4) DISTRICT: Will review and provide review comments
5) APPLICANT: Will revise plans and re-submit for additional review:
- Two sets of revised plans for District review and possible approval
If plans are not accepted applicant shall repeat steps 4 and 5 again.
6) DISTRICT: Will issue an acceptance letter including the CCWS Fee amounts due for project
7) APPLICANT: Shall pay fees for CCWS
8) DISTRICT: Shall issue a CCWS (Applicant must renew by June 30 of each year)
9) APPLICANT: Will submit mylars for District approval and signature
10) DISTRICT: Shall sign improvement plan mylars and return to Applicant
11) APPLICANT: Will provide District with the fully approved plans in the following formats: (must include all signatures from the City and/or County)
- 1-24×36 Paper
- 1-24×36 Address Map (for all Subdivisions)
12) APPLICANT: Will submit the Final Map for signature
13) DISTRICT: Will sign and return Final Map to Applicant
14) APPLICANT: Will complete construction of ALL improvements
15) DISTRICT: Coordinated with the City of Mesquite, the District will conduct a walk-through of the completed construction improvements
16) APPLICANT: When meters are ready to be installed, Applicant shall submit application for service, pay applicable System Development Charge (SDC) and Meter Installation fees, and request meter(s) to be installed
17) DISTRICT: Will provide proof of payment
18) APPLICANT: Will provide the District with as-builts in the following formats:
- 1-24×36 Paper
19) DISTRICT: Will provide letter of substantial completion and one-year warranty period will begin
The District now offers two ways to submit your annual renewal form:
Online submission and payment of annual renewal fees. This is the quick and easy way to submit your application.
CCWS Annual Renewal (fillable pdf form) This form must be returned to the office by the last working day in June along with any applicable fees.
See Sections 4-7 of the Rules, Regulations & Rates for the complete policy
Annual Renewals of Conditional Commitment for Water Service
The District may issue a Conditional Commitment for Water Service (“CCWS”) committing to provide water service to certain real property within the District’s service area. Each CCWS is subject to certain conditions and limitations as contained in the CCWS, in the District’s Charter, in the District’s Rules Regulations & Rates, and pursuant to NAC 445A.6577 or other applicable law. Failure to satisfy a Condition may result in termination of the CCWS. The holder of a CCWS shall renew the CCWS on an annual basis. A CCWS that is not renewed expires and all commitments associated therewith are terminated and void.
Annual Renewal Deadline. The annual renewal deadline for all CCWS shall be the last business day of June.
A CCWS shall be valid for a period of at least one year after its Issuance Date. As such, a CCWS may remain effective and valid for a period of longer than one year before it must first be renewed, depending on the date of its issuance. For example, a CCWS with an Issuance Date of February 28, 2019 will not be subject to renewal until June 30, 2020.
Applicant shall first contact the District and describe the nature of the amendment. Based on the type of proposed amendment, the District will advise the Applicant what specific information and documents, other than or in addition to those described below, will be required in connection with the District’s review of the proposed amended map.
Applicant shall submit:
- a copy of the proposed amended final map (8½” x 11”)
- pay the Amended Final Map Base Fee and per lot fee
- submit a completed CCWS Application and a cover letter describing the specific changes that are associated with the amendment and all information and other documentation specified by the District based on the nature of the amendment
If amendment effects any water lateral locations the following will be additionally required.
- Two (2) sets of the modified improvement plans (24” x 36”) which shall conform to the District’s Design Standards and Specifications.
- Plan Check Fee
- Laterals are abandoned or added prior to permitting of lot.
- Plot Plans with all utilities both vacated and active to show that the water service is not located in driveway (8½” x 11”) at the time of permitting.
If amendment adds any water services an additional CCWS will be required and the developer will need to follow the process as outlined in section 4-6
If amendment removes any lots, the Applicant may submit a request to transfer CCWS Fees paid for any lots that have been removed from the subdivision subject to the terms of the District’s policy on the transfer of CCWS Fees. (see 4-8 Transfers of a CCWS and Unused EDUs)
All of the same conditions as stated in the CCWS shall apply to any and all amended lots and shall remain in effect as to all other lots.
See the Districts Rules Regulation & Rates for the full policy of the District.
Only District owned water meters shall be used in the District service area.
Connections to public or private fire hydrants are prohibited unless an application is made and approved by the District and a hydrant valve and meter is installed. The applicant for service shall designate the period of time and purpose for which such water is requested to be used. The District may discontinue service and remove the hydrant valve and meter at the expiration of the term designated in the application. The District will install, at the applicant’s expense, the hydrant meter necessary for the connection and no water shall be used until the customer installs backflow, soft hose, and other equipment as required. No hydrant meter will be rented until the customer has signed and delivered a “Hydrant Meter Usage Form” to the District Office. Connections to fire hydrants are prohibited unless a hydrant valve and meter is installed. The District may establish limitations on the rate of flow and time of use. The District will install all hydrant meters on the hydrant closest to the location requested by the customer if practicable.
Connection to private fire hydrants located in HOA’s must have written approval from the HOA prior to having a hydrant meter connected to the private fire hydrant. The written approval must be provided to the District prior to District personnel connecting a hydrant meter to the hydrant.
A designated location for temporary construction water service shall not be changed without the express written approval of the District. If the customer requests and if approved by the District, the District will change the meter location with at least two full business days advance notice and subject to the District’s reasonable availability.
No fire hydrant meter or other equipment owned by the District shall be removed, moved, or in other way tampered with. The District personnel shall read all hydrant meters monthly.
Use of a fire hydrant and fire hydrant meter shall comply with the following:
- All fire hydrants must be slowly turned on and off with a fire hydrant wrench. No pipe wrenches, channel lock, etc. are permitted.
- Fire hydrants must be operated with the valve fully open to prevent damage to the hydrant.
- Water flow shall be controlled via the gate valve on the hydrant meter, not the operating nut on the hydrant.
- If a customer rents a hydrant meter, the customer is responsible for all water usage that occurs until the rented meter is returned. If a customer is concerned about others using the customer’s hydrant meter, the customer may use a small piece of chain and customer’s own lock on the hydrant meter gate valve.
- The hydrant meter will be locked on the hydrant closest to the location where the customer requests the water, as far as practicable.
- If a customer wants to have a hydrant meter moved, the customer shall make the request at least two full business days before the customer desires the requested move to occur and subject to the District’s reasonable availability.
- The customer shall be responsible for any and all damage to fire hydrants and fire hydrant meters caused by the customer’s or the customer’s agent’s negligence or intentional act.
- Hydrant meters shall not be used as a permanent source of water. The District shall have the immediate right to remove any hydrant meter being used as a permanent source of water or which is not being operated in compliance with the District’s policies.
- All equipment attached to and being supplied by the District shall utilize an air gap style supply connection. In the event this type of protection cannot be satisfied, a double check or reduced pressure backflow device shall be provided, installed, and tested by the owner/contractor at the owner/contractor’s expense. Test results must be provided to the District.
- Hydrant meters shall only supply water through piping that is entirely above ground and visible.
- Hydrant meters shall be accessible at all times to District employees.
- Connections to hydrant meters shall have a minimum 10’ length of “soft” hose (fire hose or equivalent) between the hydrant meter and any “hard” piping.
In the event that a connection is made to a fire hydrant without authority from the District, the user shall be required to pay appropriate charges as reasonably determined by the District, and shall be subject to other penalties as provided by law including, but not limited to, NRS 704.800. Any water use that does not comply with the foregoing provisions shall be considered fraudulent water use or theft and shall be subject to all applicable fees and penalties.
A monthly fee as set forth in the Monthly Water Rates and Charges will be charged for all fire hydrant rentals. Hydrant meter rentals for less than one month are prorated; however, the minimum rental fee is $50.00. The total water usage on all hydrant meters will be billed as per the District’s established rates in effect at the time of the rental.
CCWS, SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT, AND METER INSTALL SCHEDULE
The fees you will need to pay for development will be based on the meter size you will require for your development.
CCWS Fee: A fee associated with obtaining a conditional commitment for water service (CCWS) to real property located in the District’s authorized service area that has not previously received water service or where a prior CCWS was cancelled.
System Development Charge (SDC): A one-time charge to finance growth related or capacity related water facilities.
Meter Installation Charge: A charge for District staff to install a water meter at the property.
Division of Water Resources (DWR) Transfer Charge: A one-time administrative charge to cover District costs to prepare and file various documents relating to water rights.
Signing Up for Service and Getting the Meter Installed
When the developer is ready for a meter to be installed at the property the following information will need to be turned in to the office of the District.
- Water Service Application
- Payment of SDC and Installation Fees
At the point Meter SDC and Install Fees are paid, a monthly bill will be sent to the customer. Monthly water rates and charges are based on the meter size and charged in accordance with the District’s “Monthly Water Rates and Charges.”
Improvement Plan Check Fee:
1-2 Residential Lots $250.00
3 + Residential Lots & Commercial Projects $1,500.00
Amended Map Fee: Base fee of $375.00
Effective 2-1-2023 (All fees are subject to change)
Under Public Law 93-523, the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, and the regulations of the NAC445A, the water purveyor has the primary responsibility for preventing water from unapproved sources or any other substances, from entering the public potable water system.
In compliance with NAC445A it is the intent of this policy to adopt cross-connection control standards which establish the requirements for design, construction, installation, and maintenance of backflow prevention assemblies. It is the purpose of this policy to protect the potable water supply of the Virgin Valley Water District from the possibility of contaminants, pollutants, or water from an unapproved source from entering the Virgin Valley Water District’s water system. More specifically, this policy in intended to prevent delivered water that has passed beyond the District’s water system and into the consumer water system from re-entering the District’s system.
The intent of the policy is to protect the Virgin Valley Water District’s water system and its consumer from backflow, and back siphonange and/or cross-connections caused by customers whose water use may harm the quality and safety of the District’s potable water supply.
VVWD requires backflow testing by a certified backflow prevention assembly tester at the Developer’s expense to protect the potable water supply and to comply with Public Law 93-523 under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Complete information is available in VVWD’S Cross Connection and Backflow Control Program Implementation Plan.
For your reference, below are some backflow testers certified to work with the Virgin Valley Water District.
A-1 National Fire Co.
Ace Fire Systems
Delta Fire Systems
Scott Lawton/David Christensen
The Lindi Corp
V-Tech Fire and Line Safety
Whitney’s Water Systems, Inc.