The Sun Valley General Improvement District is celebrating 50 years of service to the Sun Valley Community, providing quality water, sewer, recreational and garbage services. It all started in 1967 when the District was formed. Developers acquired and changed property throughout the picturesque valley in the late 50s and early 60s which was named “Sun Valley” by H.L. Gepford who remarked that the beautiful sunrises and sunsets turned the hills gold like the sun. Developers such as Mr. Gepford created sub-divisions and developments named Juniper Terrace, Juniper Heights and Juniper Mobile Home Estates located at the north end of Sun Valley. The developers worked to establish lots of multiple sizes and create streets where the lots were situated. These lots included septic systems and wells which eventually led to the ground water becoming polluted due to construction and development activity that lead to high nitrate levels in the soil. A decision was made to form a public utility to assure current and future valley residents of safe drinking water and sanitary sewer services in the years to come.

In 1967 Sun Valley General Improvement District (SVGID) was formed as the Valley’s water and sanitation district established under Nevada Revised Statute, Chapter 318 and has operated as a quasi-municipal entity and chartered today to provide water, sewer, garbage, and recreation services throughout the community.

Known as “The District” since its formation as a small water utility, to its current position in 2017, the District is one of Nevada’s largest improvement districts, serving over 6000 residential and commercial customers and proudly providing parks, recreational services and community events for thousands more.

The District staff maintains an estimated 100 miles of water mains, 120 miles of sewer mains, two sewer vaults, several pressure reducing vaults and pumping stations, and nine water storage water tanks. In 1990 with the assistance of members of the general public, the District acquired the garbage authority. The District was able to redirect the franchise fee from Washoe County’s general fund to the District’s garbage fund. These
funds are now being used for community-based programs,
senior discounts, beautification projects, and public education.

The District acquired recreation authority in September, 2009 during the economic downturn and saved the parks and the pool in the community from being closed. This new authority allowed The District to assume ownership of the Sun Valley Community Park, Sun Valley Robert and Norma G. Fink Pool Complex, Gepford Park, Highland Ranch Park, and Sun Mesa Park. The District is committed to providing its residents with a range of park and recreation opportunities to improve health and quality of life.

For the past five decades, the SVGID has been delivering quality drinking water to the Sun Valley community. The District continually strives to ensure that all aspects of Sun Valley’s water distribution, sewer, garbage, recreation, and community services are efficient while providing exceptional service to more than 20,000 residents. From the first Board of Trustees first Chair to the current Chairperson Sandra Ainsworth, the trustees and staff of the Sun Valley General Improvement District will continue to be committed to another 50 years of exceptional service.


2017 Board of Trustees
Chairwoman – Sandra Ainsworth, Vice Chair – Susan Severt, Secretary – Joseph Barstow, Treasurer – Garth Elliott and Trustee – Carmen Ortiz

1967 – 2017 Board of Trustees
Adrian McGhee  – Don Dees – Donald Wiggin – Dr. C. Lancaster  – Ed Douglas – Frances Short  Francis Plath – Gerald Frye  – Harold Hazard –
Harvey Holcomb – J. Spears – Jerry Payne –  Jim Ainsworth – Jim Gordon – John Jackson, Sr. Joseph Matthews – Julius Smits  – Lee Smith  Leonard Mays –
Linda Woodland – Margaret Reinhardt Marge Atwell – Mary Hansen – Mike Tourin – Norma Fink– Patricia Lancaster  – Priscilla McBride Richard Golden –
Robert Clarkson – Robert Fink Vicky Maltman – Ted Heath – Tom Turnbul – Wade Barnes – Winston Proctor


The Tariff Hearing has been rescheduled for Thursday November 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm. For more information visit the District website at www.svgid.com.


The Sun Valley Pool lifeguards are the winners of the annual Northern Nevada Lifeguard Competition held at the Sun Valley Pool (Robert & Norma Fink Pool Complex). On behalf of the District and the community, thank you for your dedication and professionalism that contributed to another fun and safe pool season.


The 8th annual Veterans Celebration will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 beginning at 9:00 am at the Sun Valley Neighborhood Center located at 115 W. 6th Ave, Sun Valley, NV. The public is invited to join us as we honor local veterans and active military with a ceremony and free pancake breakfast with all the trimmings.


  • October 27th            Nevada Day District Office Closed
  • November 4th          Veterans Celebration
  • November 9th          Board Meeting (only one this month)
  • November 9th          Tariff Hearing
  • November 11th        Veterans Day District Office Closed November 10
  • November 23-24     Thanksgiving District Office Closed
  • December 12th        Board Meeting (only one this month)
  • December 25th        Christmas District Office Closed
  • January 1st               New Year’s Day District Office Closed