Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Future Demands for Water in Southern Utah- The Lake Powell Pipeline

Some people have talked like that water will be a precious commodity that may significantly impact or retard growth once we have reached a certain size. While I am unable to comment authoritatively about these things, I can refer our readers to a project that is looking way forward and has started the wheels a moving already into delivering a future of prosperity and growth- The Lake Powell Pipeline project. Dennis J. Strong, P.E. Director, representing the Division of Water Resources, relates that the Boy Scouts motto of "Be Prepared" sums up the preparation being taken for St George Ut Real Estate and the area. Key facts relating to our needs and the project are:
  • Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. signed the Lake Powell bill into law on May 3, 2006, opening the project for project feasibility studies.
  • Analysts predict Washington County alone could see a water demand of 174,000 acre-feet per year by 2039, an increase from the county's current demand of 45,000 acre-feet per year.
  • Studies should last till 2010 with the pipeline expected to be delivering water by 2020 after a 3-4 year construction period.
  • The pipeline will extend roughly 12 miles with a cost of approximately $370 million and $120 million to extend it to Cedar City. The pipeline would bring 70,000 acre-feet of water to Washington County, 10,000 acre feet of water to Kane County and 20,000 acre-feet to Iron County.

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