The Private Well Owners Cooperative of Nye County is a Nevada State Chartered incorporated non-profit, non-stock cooperative utility corporation.The Cooperative was incorporated on April , 2014. The non-profit cooperative was created by a committee of property owners who are water users, with domestic wells in the state of Nevada.
It is more economically efficient to have these domestic well owner members of a cooperative utility to continue to provide their own water distribution because the infrastructure required to deliver the product, water, is very expensive to build and maintain for private utilities or governmental entities for a service the well owners already have paid for and provided.
The coming together in a cooperative as well owners allows the individual owner of the property to still be responsible for the maintenance of the distribution system on their land. The cooperative will not need to put in pipelines to transport water from one area to another which does interfere with the ecological system of communities and wildlife. It will permit those members to pay a reasonable membership fee to keep the cost of a life’s necessity affordable and safe; as a nonprofit it does not have to charge a higher fee for profit to those providing the water utility.
Water is produced by nature and is declared a public use by the state of Legislature. All water utilities distribute water to the parcel owners within its service area except this cooperative utility; the system of distribution of water is not owned by the cooperative utility.
One benefit of membership is a cooperative under Nevada Revised Statutes NRS 228.360; NRS 704.6674 and NRS 704.675 is a cooperative utility is not under the jurisdiction or regulation of the County, the Public Utility Commission (except as to service area), the State Attorney General’s Office, or the Consumer’s Advocate. The purpose of the Cooperative is to permit those domestic well owners to continue to provide water to their property and to conserve the water in the area so as not to exceed the natural resource available of two acre-feet of water per year so they may continue in the independent lifestyles they have chosen.
The exempt purpose is as a water utility they may not be forced to abandon their wells by financing a community water system for a product of water. They already have provided. individual member is charged with the responsibility for the creation, maintenance, repairs for their domestic well, with compliance of the laws of the State of Nevada and the County in which the domestic well is located. Domestic wells are not required to comply with the EPA standards under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Cooperative does require that all the domestic wells are required to comply with the EPA standards under the Safe Drinking Water Act as it is a corporation of a water utility made up of domestic well users.