Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s Water And Sewer System

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[ Written by: Craig L. Wesner, P.E., Chief Executive Officer, Lumos & Associates ]

Lumos & Associates is managing the construction of improvements to the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s water and sewer system. One of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s housing areas is located on Reservation and Colony Road in Reno. This area is bounded by I-580 to the east, Mill Street to the south, Glendale to the north and Golden Avenue to the west. The Colony purchases water from the Truckee Meadows Water Authority through two master meters, and it delivers its sewage to the City of Reno with a connection at Glendale Ave and Mill Street. Everything within the colony proper is managed and maintained by the tribes Public Works Department. The system was originally constructed in the mid-60’s and is now, after 50 years of use, begun to show signs of failure. Also, the fire flows were not adequate for the level of development that has occurred since it was installed. Lumos has worked with the Tribe on a number of projects in and around Reno, and with our experience in rehabilitating utility systems, the Tribe selected Lumos to help them with their system.

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After completing a Preliminary Engineering Report, Lumos assisted the tribe in obtaining financing for the project. Lumos also completed the design and developed the bidding documents. The project went out to bid, and Sierra Nevada Construction Inc. was the successful bidder.

The project is now under construction and progressing nicely. As with any underground project, you never know what you’re going to run into, and we were not exempt. We have encountered a few utilities that were not supposed to be there and as a result, we had to complete some fairly innovative, on the fly engineering to make sure all the new pieces could be installed correctly and operated as intended.

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The project is planned to be completed in early December. As a result, the Tribe will have a more reliable utility system capable of meeting its life and safety needs for the foreseeable future.

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Frankie Vigil, APR Joins the Lumos & Associates Team

Lumos is pleased to welcome Frankie Vigil to our team. Frankie brings her decades plus experience to Lumos as business development manager. In her new role, she will play an integral part in helping us achieve our business goals.

“I am excited to join the dynamic team at Lumos & Associates,” Frankie said. “I had the pleasure of working with Lumos & Associates to implement a comprehensive public involvement and outreach plan for the South Truckee Meadows General Improvement District — and have experienced firsthand the knowledge and professionalism of Lumos team.”

For 15 plus years Frankie has worked in strategic communications, public involvement and development for various industries including utilities, water resources and non-profit organizations. An active member of Public Relations Society of America, Frankie earned the distinction of Accredited Public Relations practitioner in 2007.

Knee Deep With TMWA


As we all tend to do, we get all wrapped up in one of our projects for weeks or months on end and then we’re off to the next one. There is a great sense of pride and accomplishment in completing a successful project and a great sense of anticipation to begin a new one. For the early part of the construction season, the Construction group has been knee deep in Truckee Meadows Water Authority’s (TMWA’s) North Valley’s Integration, Lemmon Drive Main Installation Project and we expect to wrap up this job in the next month or so.

The main focus of the North Valleys Integration Project is to provide nearly 28,000 linear feet for a 24-inch ductile iron water main to provide water from the previously unused Fish Springs groundwater supply to the North Valleys area, creating an independent water supply for this portion of TMWA’s system. Additionally, the completed project will help TMWA stretch their drought reserves and deliver 8,000 acre-feet of water each year.


Lumos was hired by TMWA to provide complete Construction Management Services on this $9.1 million dollar construction project. We teamed with TMWA’s inspectors to provide the primary inspection on the pipe installation, while Lumos provided coordination and oversight. Rounding out the team was TMWA’s Juan Esparza, Principle Engineer; Prime Contractor Granite Construction and Underground Subcontractor Reno Tahoe Construction.


With the main line being installed within Lemmon Valley Drive, the public relations and traffic control aspects of the project were paramount. Especially between the US-395 Interchange and the Sky Vista Intersection which has an average daily traffic in excess of 28,000 vehicles and numerous commercial developments – the project team was able to effectively communicate lane closures, alternate business accesses and the effect of construction activities.

Finally, the coordination between multiple agencies/jurisdictions proved to also be a key element of the project. These included TMWA, City of Reno, Washoe County, NDOT, NDEP, and EPA – the project team also did an exceptional job in communicating with all these different agencies.

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