Historic Bunkerville Well

Developers Info

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:

. . and a hard copy can be obtained in the office for a fee.

Developers' Roadmap
Process Overview

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.

RESIDENTIAL Property

To obtain a water availability letter:

  1. Applicant shall submit a completed Conditional Commitment for Water Service (CCWS) Application and submit a 8 1/2 x 11 tentative map

To obtain approval on improvement plans:

  1. Applicant shall submit 2 sets of improvement plans prepared in accordance with the District’s Design Standards and Specifications.
  2. The District’s plan review fee (see Fee Schedule).
  3. Complete the improvement plan review process.
  4. Provide two sets of approved plans and one approved address map.
  5. Provide 2 as-builts plans and 2 disks once construction is complete.

To obtain approval on Final Map:

  1. Applicant shall submit the CCWS Agreement and pay Ordinance 2 Fees(calculated based on the information provided in the application and the lot count on the final map).
  2. Submit final map.
  3. Provide district with a copy of the recorded final map.

To maintain an active CCWS:

  1. Applicant must obtain a CCWS and satisfy all the conditions that apply.
  2. If the project is not complete within one year of the CCWS issuance. (No renewal option after 7 years)
    • Applicant must demonstrate that they are still actively working to complete the project.
    • Applicant must complete the annual renew form and pay the nonrefundable fee to the district.
  3. Once impact and installation fees are paid, the annual renewal fee will no longer be applicable. Meters will be installed and monthly water service will commence.

NONRESIDENTIAL Property

To obtain a water availability letter:

  1. Applicant shall submit a completed Conditional Commitment for Water Service (CCWS) Application and submit a 8 1/2 x 11 site map

To obtain approval on improvement plans and CCWS:

  1. Applicant shall submit 2 sets of improvement plans prepared in accordance with the District’s Design Standards and Specifications.
  2. The District’s plan review fee (see Fee Schedule).
  3. Complete the improvement plan review process.
  4. Applicant shall submit the CCWS Agreement.
  5. Pay Ordinance 2 Fees(calculated based on the information provided in the application).
  6. Provide two sets of approved plans and one approved address map.
  7. Backflow device is installed and tested. (make sure the District receives an approved test within 30 days).
  8. Provide 2 as-builts plans and 2 disks once construction is complete.

To maintain an active CCWS:

  1. Applicant must obtain a CCWS and satisfy all the conditions that apply.
  2. If the project is not complete within one year of the CCWS issuance. (No renewal option after 7 years)
    • Applicant must demonstrate that they are still actively working to complete the project.
    • Applicant must complete the annual renew form and pay the nonrefundable fee to the district.
  3. Once impact and installation fees are paid, the annual renewal fee will no longer be applicable. Meters will be installed and monthly water service will commence.

See VVWD Rules, Regulations and Rates for the full conditions and policy of the District.

Conditional Commitment for Water Service

Please see Process Overview for steps to obtain a CCWS.

Getting Started

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.

This application requires that the developer has read and agrees with the current Operating Rules, Regulations and Policies document, which contains other information and agreements for different parts of the construction process.

Fire Hydrant Meters

Rules, Regulations & Rates

VI-8 Construction Water from Public or Private Fire Hydrants

Effective January 1, 2016, 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 all equipment necessary for the connection and no water shall be used until such equipment is installed. 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.

A designated location for temporary construction water service shall not be changed by the customer. If the customer requests and if approved by the District, the District will make all location changes to the meter location and the District will require 48 hours advanced notice of any request for location change.

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:

  1. All fire hydrants must be turned on and off with a fire hydrant wrench. No pipe wrenches, channel lock, etc.
  2. Fire hydrants must be operated with the valve fully open to prevent damage to the hydrant.
  3. Water flow shall be controlled via the gate valve on the hydrant meter, not the operating nut on the hydrant.
  4. 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 should use a small piece of chain and customer’s own lock on the hydrant meter gate valve.
  5. The hydrant meter will be locked on the hydrant closest to the location where the customer requests the water, as far as practicable.
  6. If a customer wants to have a hydrant meter moved, the customer shall make the request at least 48 hours before the customer desires the requested move to occur.
  7. The customer shall be responsible for any and all damage to fire hydrants and fire hydrant meters caused by the customer’s negligence or intentional act.
  8. Hydrant meters shall not be used as a permanent source of water. The District shall have the immediate right to remove any hydrant being used as a permanent source of water or which is not being operated in compliance with the District’s policies.

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 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 and 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.

Meters

IV-1 Meter Installation Fee

A meter installation fee shall be charged for all new connections and developments based on the meter size as shown on the “CCWS, System Development, and Meter Install Schedule.”

The meter installation fees are for meters only. All meters shall be purchased through the District and any additional materials used or furnished by the District will also be billed to the customer. The contractor or developer may construct the meter box or vault to the specifications of the District. Meter boxes or vaults installed by personnel of the District will be billed on a time and materials basis.

Hot Taps are not included in the connection fees and will be billed as an extra.

IV-2 Installation of Water Meters

Water meters are required and those desiring water must pay the applicable water meter fee. Installation of meters must be done by or authorized by the District. All meters shall be installed at the property line unless an alternate location is approved, in writing, by the District. All meters are and shall be owned by the District.

By-pass meters shall be required for all 3 inch or larger meters. For customers with bypass meters, one bill is issued by the District which includes charges for both the bypass meter and the District’s regular water service charges.

A customer or other person requesting water meter installation must give the District at least 48 hours’ advance notice on a regular work day before the requested water meter(s) is installed.

IV-4 Monthly Service Charge

Monthly water rates and charges for all classifications of service are based on the meter size and charged in accordance with the table “Monthly Water Rates and Charges.”

Meter, Impact and Ordinance II Fee Schedule

Please view the PDF file for the details about Meter Size, Equivalent Meter Ratio, Capacity Allowance (gpd), Impact Fee, Ordinance II Fe, Installation Cost, Total fee, Division of Water Resources (DWR) Transfer Fee, and again Total Fee.

  • See current Rules, Rates and Regulations for current fees

The DWR transfer fee is paid only once. Example: The total transfer fee for a 50-home subdivision would Equivalent Meter Ratio: The ratio of safe operating capacity of various sizes of meters, relative to the capacity of a 5/8” X ¾” meter as determined by the American Water Works Association Manual of Practice 1, latest edition, with local meter capacities incorporated.

CCWS Fee: A fee to obtain a conditional commitment for water service to real property located in the District’s authorized service area that has not previously received water service.

System Development Charge: A 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 Transfer Charge: An administrative charge to cover District costs to prepare and file various documents relating to water rights.

Plan Check Fees

Plan Check Fee: $1,000

Amended Map Fee: Base fee of $350 plus $75 for each amended lot(s)

Modified Improvement Plan Fee: $350

(All fees are subject to change)

Certified Backflow Testers

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.
702-320-3473

• A-1 Plumbing
Shayne Demille
702-346-3700

• Ace Fire Systems
Eric Warner
702-384-2932

• Delta Fire Systems
Scott Lawton/David Christensen
801-972-4500

• Kokopelli Landscaping
Quinn Ellis
702-346-2332

• The Lindi Corp
Paul Chandler
702-346-5850

• Whitney’s Water Systems, Inc.
Bruce Whitney
702-398-3671