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EPA Approves Nearly $21M In Nevada Water Grants

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $21 million in grants for drinking and wastewater infrastructure improvements in Nevada, including upgrading 87,000 water meters to boost efficiency in North Las Vegas.

The grants announced Monday include nearly $8 million to expand a wastewater treatment facility in Douglas County and build a water treatment wetlands facility for Hawthorne and the neighboring Army Ammunition Depot.

The $12.9 million for drinking water infrastructure will go to the city of North Las Vegas and the Big Bend Water District in Laughlin.

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Installation of advanced meters for 338,000 residents in the Las Vegas Valley will allow for two-way communication with the customer to reduce leaks. A filtration system is planned along the Colorado River near Laughlin where heavy rainfall has triggered occasional drinking water health warnings for 9,000 residents and businesses.