Water Demands of Tesla Gigafactory Could Press Local Resources

Tesla received 500 acre-feet of water as part of its promise to build its 1,000 acre battery plant, which at production could require four times that amount of water.

Published: 23-Dec-2014

RENO — The massive Tesla battery factory being built in Northern Nevada will be a thirsty resident, with some preliminary estimates saying it will require the equivalent of nearly half of the groundwater rights allocated to its Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center neighborhood.

The project, the cherry atop Gov. Brian Sandoval’s economic development agenda to date, promises high-paying jobs and a diversification from a long-sagging gambling economy to one powered by high-tech manufacturing and technology.

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