Historic Bunkerville Well

Frequently Asked Questions

Billing Questions
How are late charges calculated?

Late charges are assessed if your water bill is not paid by the due date. Read our Billing Policies for more information about how these charges are calculated.

How often do you read my meter?

Meters are read on the 20th day of every month.

Is it possible to get an adjustment on my bill after a leak is repaired?

The customer is responsible for leaks on the “Customer” side of the meter. Installment payments can be arranged for six months without late fees until the balance is paid. Contact our customer service team to make arrangements.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my bill?

Customers with concerns or questions about their bill should contact the Virgin Valley Water District Office, and discuss it with a Customer Service Representative.

General Service Questions
How is the board of directors elected?

Members of the Board are elected by a plurality of the qualified electors of the district and take office upon qualification therefore the first Monday in January next following the member’s election or appointment, whichever is later, and leave office upon the first Monday in January next following the election or appointment of the member’s successor in office.

Vacancies in the Board of Directors shall be filled by appointment of the remaining members of the Board and if the Board fails, neglects or refuses to fill the vacancy within thirty (30) days after a vacancy occurs, the Board of County Commissioners of Clark County shall fill the vacancy. Each member appointed to hold office as a director shall hold office for a term of not to exceed two (2) years.

Requirements for service

Members of the board must reside in the district for at least six (6) months before his or her appointment or the election at which the member is elected and be a qualified elector of the district.

How often do the board of directors meet?

Regular meetings

  • The District holds regular meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month except on a legal holiday, when the regular meeting will be the day following the legal holiday. Meetings begin at 5:00 P.M., at the VVWD offices and continue until the business of the day shall be completed or until there shall be a recess to a further date. In the event there is not a sufficient amount of business to be conducted for two meetings a month, the General Manager reserves the right to cancel a meeting. Notices of cancellation shall be posted in accordance with the· requirements of Chapter 241 of the Nevada Revised Statutes known as the Nevada Open Meeting Law, as amended.
  • There is an annual meeting of the Board of Directors on the first Tuesday of October every year at which time a report of the business transacted during the preceding year by the District, including a financial report.

Special Meetings

  • Special meetings of the members of the Board of Directors may be called at any time by the president or at the written request of at least three (3) members of the said Board.
May I attend a Board Meeting to address an issue of concern to me?

Yes. The public is invited to all public meetings of the board. Citizens wishing to speak during public participation are asked to state their name for the record and limit comments to a minimal duration. However, no action will be taken on any item until it is properly agendized.

The VVWD offices are accessible to the handicapped. With 24-hour advance request, efforts to provide for special assistance or accommodation will be undertaken. Phone 702-346-5731 to make your request.

Water Questions
Do you recommend that I use a home water filter?

Our water meets all drinking water standards and doesn’t require additional treatment beyond what it already receives; however the choice to use a home filtration system is yours to make. Home filtration products can reduce chlorine levels and water cloudiness, which some would prefer not to taste, smell or see. In some cases, these filtration products can also remove metals such as lead and copper that could dissolve in the water during contact with household plumbing. If you do decide to install and use a water-filtration system, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance specifications.

Is it okay to dispose of hazardous chemicals down the drain?

No. Hazardous materials such as oils and paint thinners disrupt the collection system and the treatment plant. The wastewater plant process cannot remove all hazardous chemicals, therefore, some may enter our water sources. The more polluted the water, the harder it is to clean, and the more expensive a process it becomes.

Is tap water suitable for use in a home kidney dialysis machine?

No, not without further treatment. In a kidney dialysis machine, the water used is brought into close contact with the patient’s blood. Thus, the quality requirements are far stricter than those for ordinary drinking water. Aluminum, fluoride, and chloramine are examples of substances that are not acceptable in water used for kidney dialysis. Kidney dialysis centers are kept informed about water quality and are able to give advice on this matter.

Is water treated with chlorine safe to drink?

Yes. Many tests have shown that the amount of chlorine found in treated water is safe to drink. Chlorine is needed to maintain disinfection throughout the distribution system. The potential for water contamination when chlorine is not used, outweighs any long-term concerns.

Why does my water sometimes look cloudy?

The cloudy water is caused by tiny air bubbles in the water similar to the gas bubbles in beer and carbonated soft drinks. It is particularly noticeable in water taken directly from the tap. Within seconds, the bubbles rise to the top and are gone. This type of cloudiness occurs more often in the winter, when water temperature is colder, and does not indicate any problem with the water.

Do the Las Vegas area water restrictions apply in the Virgin Valley?

Official statement from Virgin Valley Water District regarding water use restrictions:

With most of our news coming out of Las Vegas, it is easy to have the misunderstanding that Southern Nevada Water District’s (SNWA) mandates and restrictions apply in the Virgin Valley. You may have seen advertising such as the following: “SNWA has mandatory restrictions on time of day, day of week and length of watering. Outdoor watering is limited to three days a week in the fall and the winter schedule is only one day a week. It goes back up in the spring starting March 1 to three days and during the summer months, water is permitted six days a week beginning May 1, but not between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the hottest times. Watering is never permitted on Sunday.”

The restrictions referenced are only enforced by Southern Nevada Water Authority for their service area and are NOT a statewide mandate. The SNWA’s area of responsibility is in the Las Vegas Valley, not in the Virgin Valley area. The Virgin Valley Water District (VVWD) has no mandatory restrictions regarding water use in place at this time. We do not have the same water source (Colorado River) as SNWA, and therefore are not under the same mandates for use of that water, nor are we experiencing the same level of scarcity as the Las Vegas area. Our water source, the aquifer below us, has maintained constant levels over the past several decades. Because of the plentiful water supply, and the fact that voluntary water conservation measures (desert landscaping, voluntary water conservation) have placed water usage in our area on par with many of the heavy-handed water conservation efforts in the southwest United States, VVWD has opted to encourage conservation through rate structure, and education, giving our customers the opportunity to make changes without mandates.

At VVWD, we do not like to see water wasted. While we have a different water source than SNWA, and no water use restrictions, we do not condone waste of any kind.

We are hopeful that we will receive cooperation from individuals, businesses, HOA’s, and landscape companies so we can work together to conserve without having to assess large fines that would be passed on to the members of the association or create draconian mandates. Rather we would like to reach a level of voluntary conservation that would satisfy our valleys’ water needs. If voluntary efforts aren’t enough, then future mandatory restrictions will likely be put in place.