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Government Leaders Look at Tesla's Growth Impact

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Officials with the cities of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County all met together Monday to talk about what they can do to make sure they are ready for Tesla's gigafactory.

Officials looked at the projected population growth that could come from Tesla and how that will impact our region.
    
They found they're able to handle the growth Tesla will bring to our area for at least the next 10 years, but they told me they're working on plans beyond that time.
    
"When you go out further and you look at 30 years, there will have to be some improvements made to our facilities, but those have been in our long-range plans,” says Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger.
    
Experts are projecting a 29% population increase of 127,0000 people by 2034  with an additional 81,000 jobs during that time.
    
In Washoe County, they're expecting upwards of 6,000 new residents in the next four years. And officials say they factored in drought conditions and our fresh water supplies are projected to be okay for 10 years, as well.
    
But when it comes to waste water treatment, they're looking at treating water in a way that's environmentally-safe to meet the demand of the growing population.
    
There's two options that come with a $30-million+ price tag. One is nitrogen-infused technology, while the other is building a pipeline to send the sewage water to Storey County.

"The waste water folks said the biggest issues was to ensure that Storey County will sign an agreement that they will take it on a sustained basis, rather than to say 'no thanks.' in a given year,” says Washoe County Chairman David Humke.
    
Clinger says the groups will continue to look at the regional impact and come back at the beginning of the year to give an update.
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