Keeping their fingers crossed they do not run out of water

...Keeping their fingers crossed they do not run out of water…

No one seems to know how much water a massive desert industrial complex will ultimately require. But treated urban wastewater may help protect the imperiled Truckee River as more big companies move in.

Mustangs graze Thursday, June 24, 2015, on the open range at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center about 15 miles east of Sparks, Nev., along U.S. Interstate 80 near where Tesla Motors is building a $5 billion Gigafactory to produce batteries for its electric cars. The company has never revealed how much water the factory requires. A draft agreement has been reached to deliver treated wastewater to the site from the Reno-Sparks area.

JUST 12 MILES east of Reno, Nevada, across a swath of brown and barren desert hills, some of the largest corporations in the U.S. are forming a new metropolis. Behemoths of manufacturing, retailing and computing are rushing to build new warehouses, data centers and factories at an industrial complex billed as the largest in the world.

The Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, or TRIC, sprawls across 107,000 acres of Storey County, a wedge of desert mountains and plains just east of the Reno metropolitan area. Tesla, Google, Ebay and Wal-Mart are some of the corporate luminaries that have bought in, with 11 million sq ft of pancake-flat industrial buildings already occupied. That’s not even half the total that will eventually be built here.

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