$1.1B Utah pipeline project advancing through permit process

Utah –┬áPlans for the estimated $1.1 billion to $1.8 billion Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP) are coming together at the Washington County Water Conservancy District (WCWCD).
Lake Powell

The 140-mile buried pipeline would carry water from Lake Powell to Washington and Kane counties aided by five pump stations and six hydroelectric facilities providing a portion of the energy the stations need. According to the district’s website, the pipeline would be capable of transporting 82,249 acre feet of water per year to Washington County and 4,000 acre feet of water per year to Kane County. The state of Utah will fund the LPP and be repaid through participating districts’ impact fees, water rates, and property taxes.

District officials said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently finished its public comment period that now advances the pipeline project to the environmental study stage of its permitting process. A draft environmental impact statement is expected this fall. The project must pass several permitting stages and reviews before WCWCD opens it to contractor bidding.