$1.1B Utah pipeline project advancing through permit process

Utah – Plans 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.

USDA to invest $116M in rural water infrastructure

Washington, D.C.- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to invest $116 million in 23 states to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure. The USDA is working with local partners to provide financing for 49 water and environmental infrastructure projects. The funding is being provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
In South Dakota, the South Lincoln Rural Water System, Inc. will receive $12.4 million in loans to build a water treatment plant, improve small diameter pipe looping and improve the main line. The project also will help ensure the system has the capacity to support future growth.
In California, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District will receive more than $8 million in loans to replace more than 10,000 linear feet of water pipeline and replace two redwood water storage tanks with a new, larger steel tank. The improvements will help prevent water loss through leaks, increase reliability and improve fire flow and water storage. The district serves Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek and Brookdale in Santa Cruz County.
In New Mexico, the city of Socorro will receive around $7.9 million in loans and grants to upgrade and replace interceptor sewer lines that are no longer structurally sound. Several lift stations also will be replaced. The project will upgrade other sewer lines and equipment designed to provide better service to Socorro’s residents.

Water agency officials plan projects for California’s shrinking Salton Sea

California– The Salton Sea continues to shrink, but while the waters recede the problems continue to flood in. The previously submerged lake bed (referred to as “playa”) is creating dust that can be hazardous when it becomes airborne. Officials have created a 10-year plan to address air quality and environmental threats from the Salton Sea. The plan was initially funded by the approval of Proposition 1 in 2014 and an additional voter approved $200 million dollars this past June. Phase one of the plan focuses on creating wetlands and other projects to suppress the dust and create new habitats.


An agreement reached by the California Water Resources Control Board last November painted a shared vision among the state, water agencies and environmental organizations for projects and activities over the next 10 years. The California Department of Water Resources is refining its organizational structure to put new resources and expertise in place to centralize and accelerate the design and implementation of critical dust-suppression and habitat projects. A request for qualifications will be issued before the end of 2018 for a project to create deep habitat on the sea’s southern end to support fish and wildlife.

USDA provides $256M for water and waste disposal projects

Washington, D.C.– The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $256 million in 81 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states. The recently enacted Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus spending bill includes a significant boost in financial support for water and wastewater projects. It provides $5.2 billion for USDA loans and grants, up from $1.2 billion in FY 2017.


The Florida Governmental Utility Authority will receive $12.9 million to purchase the city of Dunnellon’s water and wastewater systems. Currently, the user rates for these systems are among the highest in the area. By funding this utility purchase, user rates will stay at more affordable levels and will allow the authority to complete system improvements. The United Regional Water Cooperative in Illinois will receive $9.2 million to construct a water treatment plant for a newly organized water cooperative near Illiopolis in Logan County. Moore County, N.C., will receive $4.8 million to provide sewer service to the town of Vass. Nearly 40 percent of the town’s residents and businesses use privately-owned septic tanks and drain fields, many of which have exceeded their useful life. The new wastewater collection system will address widespread health and sanitary issues. View all recipients of the Water and Waste Disposal Program here.