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Dignitaries break ground on water pipeline for NLV's Apex Industrial Park

North Las Vegas leaders called Tuesday a historic day for the city because dignitaries broke ground on a 12-mile pipeline to take water out to the Apex Industrial Park.

For nearly 30 years North Las Vegas has been looking for a way to get enough water out to the Apex Industrial Park to spur development. But without any big customers on the other end, it hasn't been worth the time and money to build it.

"So really solving that chicken and egg problem of bringing utilities out before there are businesses, has been what we're trying to solve out here," said Ryann Juden, North Las Vegas' city manager.

The nearly $50 million solution to a decades-old problem was to build a long pipeline that taps into North Las Vegas' water system.

"Just about right here where we stand, there's a large 36-inch pipe that has a big cap on the end of it, with a whole bunch of bolts, and it just ends there," said Juden.

The pipeline starts out northwest of the Speedway, and it runs12 miles out to Apex, where it will provide water to an otherwise dry part of the industrial park.

Remember the Faraday future project? For North Las Vegas it was a way to get infrastructure improvements underway to make Apex more attractive to other large industries.

Although Faraday failed, improvements like the widening of U.S. 93 continue to strive. But there was one problem: The water problem still hadn't been solved. That is until Weston Adams, the president of Western States Contracting, stepped in.

"We decided to join forces and build this waterline, and we're super excited about it," Adams said.

Adams said he planned to spend more than $6 million to run a water line out to a large piece of property his company bought at Miner's Mesa.

North Las Vegas asked him to make it larger, and they are paying the remaining $42 million to run the pipe to Apex.

The result: A chance to get that money back and then some by expanding the tax base.

"The revenue, the tax base; those are very important for schools, for the state of Nevada, and for North Las Vegas," said John Lee, the Mayor of North Las Vegas."

Work on the pipeline is scheduled to be complete in 2020.

The city projects some $20,000 jobs could be housed at Apex once it's all built out.