The Lake Powell Pipeline project that would bring much-needed water to Southern Utah is a must have. No ifs, ands or buts.
Senate Bill 27, sponsored by Sen. Tom Hatch, R-Panguitch, cleared the Legislature and is awaiting the governor's signature for the 120-mile pipeline that will stretch from the south end of Lake Powell, through Kanab and Fredonia, Ariz., and then back into Utah, pumping water into the Sand Hollow Reservoir. It is anticipated to generate 74,000 acre-feet of water a year for Southern Utah communities whose population rate is growing at three times the national average.
Cost estimates for the project are $500 million, but no state money has been appropriated because the two bills that allocate state subsidies from either the general fund or revenue from sales tax - House Bill 47, sponsored by P. Knudson, and Senate Bill 39, sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, Kanab - are awaiting committee action.The combination of property taxes, impact and users fees - and hopefully state funding - are expected to pay for the project that is estimated to be completed in the next 10 to 15 years, servicing a projected population of more than 600,000. In the interim, two strategies must be put into effect to best utilize the water resources currently available: conservation and wider treatment of wastewater for reuse for irrigation and agricultural purposes. More...
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Pipeline is must have
The Spectrum, St. George, UT