In search for water, Utah District wants to explore deep aquifer

St. George, Utah
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Faced with a growing population, ongoing drought, and the Lake Powell Pipeline project on hold, Utah’s Washington County wants to explore groundwater resources to augment its supply.

St. George News reports that the Washington County Water Conservancy District submitted an application for state water rights, along with plans for 18 wells to be drilled along the Hurricane fault lineOpens in a new tab.. If water is available, the District wants to divert 12,900 acre-feet of water a year from these aquifers into Sand Hollow Reservoir near St. George.  But first, the District needs to find out if there is water in the deep aquifer.

The wells, per St. George News,Opens in a new tab. would range from 1,000 to 5,000 feet deep.  “If the water rights are granted, it will allow the water district to determine whether there actually is water to draw from, and if so, if it’s financially feasible to retrieve.”

Like the Lake Powell Pipeline project, the proposal does not come without controversy.  ABC NewsOpens in a new tab. says that some water owners and conservationists don’t want the digging along the Hurricane fault line to begin, concerned about how the proposal will affect existing water rights.



Image: St. George, Wikimedia CommonsOpens in a new tab.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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