Senate Bill 487 passed in the 2007 Nevada Legislative Session, creating a new regional water entity in Washoe County named the Western Regional Water Commission. The bill was sponsored by the Interim Legislative Subcommittee created in 2005 by Senate Continuing Resolution (SCR) 26, and is the product of input from water purveyors, cities and counties, and customers at numerous hearings in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Thelaw, the Western Regional Water Commission Act (Chapter 531, Statutes of Nevada 2007), created the Western Regional Water Commission (WRWC) and the Northern Nevada Water Planning Commission (NNWPC), which isa technical advisory group. The WRWC focuses on improving water resource planning at the regional level and facilitating coordinated resource management.

When did WRWC become effective?

Per Senate Bill 487, WRWC was formed and became effective April 1, 2008.

In August and September, 2007, an Interlocal Agreement to form the Interim Western Regional Water Commission (IWRWC) was passed unanimously by the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County, Truckee Meadows Water Authority and Sun Valley General Improvement District. This allowed appointees from each entity to meet before the legislative implementation date of April 1, 2008 and give direction on activities to the staffs of Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Washoe County, South Truckee Meadows General Improvement District, Sun Valley General Improvement District and Cities of Reno and Sparks.