WHY LPP IS NEEDED >
The LPP will bring a second source of water to one of the nation’s fastest growing regions that is threatened by drought and climate change. The project will add resiliency and meet demands of a region projected to grow 155% by 2060.
HOW LPP WILL WORK >
The LPP will transport water through a buried pipeline to Washington County. The route will follow existing roads and utility corridors to minimize environmental disturbances.
REGIONAL BENEFITS >
Another source of water plus ongoing conservation and reuse will help meet water demands for future generations, provide drought resiliency, preserve river flows and protect Washington County’s economic vitality.
Considering the current conditions on the Colorado River, Washington County’s focus is on increased conservation and developing its local supply. However, the Lake Powell Pipeline remains a viable part of Utah’s long-term water supply plan and is a dependable, low cost option to bring a needed second source of water to Washington County.
Washington County, Utah’s hottest and driest region, leads the state in water conservation. The county cut per capita water use more than 30% since 2000, even with 100 million visitors and a population that nearly doubled. An additional 14% water use reduction by 2030 is underway.
Water for the LPP will be supplied from an existing right to divert water from the Green River, a tributary to the Colorado River. The project will operate within the limits of Utah’s allocation considering reduced natural flows in the river.
A diverse group of stakeholders support the LPP including state and local elected officials, county and city leaders, citizens and business owners. They recognize the critical role the LPP plays in the economy, jobs and local prosperity.
PAYING FOR THE LPP
The project is estimated to cost between $1.3 and $2.2 billion dollars (2022 dollars), depending on the final design and route. The State of Utah will fund the LPP and the water district will repay the state using a combination of impact fees, water rates and property taxes.