Thursday, March 13, 2008

Utah's Lake Powell Pipeline to cross Arizona


A project to deliver 100,000 acre-feet of water annually from Lake Powell to three water districts in southwestern Utah will construct a 69-inch diameter pipeline across extensive areas of northern Arizona.

The State of Utah Board of Water Resources intends to submit applications to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this month.

The project includes pipelines, power transmission facilities, penstocks, storage facilities, and booster pump stations.

Early cost estimates were around $500 million but figures of $1-2 billion are being tossed around by critics. It's expected to take 10 years to build.

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