About Utility Services
Sewer, Reclaimed Water, and Stormwater Management Services
- Washoe County Ordinance No. 1535 describes reclaimed water utility service and related fees and charges.
- Washoe County Ordinance No. 1536 describes sewer utility service and related fees and charges.
- Washoe County Ordinance No. 1552 describes stormwater management fees and charges. PLEASE NOTE the Board of County Commissioners revised the stormwater management ordinance on April 24, 2015. Please refer to the North Spanish Springs Floodplain Detention Facility webpage for more information.
About Our Wastewater Treatment System
Washoe County protects water quality and prevents water pollution by providing wastewater treatment to Washoe County residents. With more than 300 miles of sewer mains covering 22 square miles, Washoe County's Utility serves approximately 16,000 customers including some urban areas in Reno and Sparks.
A growing number of communities around the nation grapple with the environmental challenges of scarce natural resources. Thanks to decades of research, many have recognized the value hiding in urban waste streams, and are developing safe and effective products which have been captured from the wastewater treatment process. Washoe County's Utility treats an average of 5 million gallons of wastewater per day at three regional wastewater plants. The Utility manages the recovery of reclaimed water and biosolids from these waste streams.
Sewer Collection System
More About Us
Washoe County Community Services Department, formerly known as Washoe County Water Resources, was created in the early 1980s to ensure continued water and wastewater service to residents of communities where small, privately owned and operated water and wastewater systems failed due to inadequate financial or management capacity or as a result of failing to meet drinking water regulatory compliance requirements. The CSD Water Utility provided water service until December 31, 2014, when it merged with Truckee Meadows Water Authority. CSD continues to provide sewer and reclaimed water utility services to many of the unincorporated areas outside of the City of Reno and City of Sparks but inside the Truckee Meadows Service Area. The Truckee Meadows Service Area is established by the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency and is the area within which urban services such as piped water and wastewater are intended to be provided.