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DISCUSSION ON PROVO CANYON SPRINGS IS DELAYED

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A discussion on Provo City's springs in Provo Canyon and how they may be affected by relocation of the Olmsted aqueduct has been postponed for one week.

The City Council scheduled a public discussion on the relocation work and on contracts being negotiated between Provo and the Central Utah Water Conservancy District for its meeting Tuesday after a resident requested a public hearing on the matter. But council member Gordon Bullock, acting chairman, said he received a half dozen calls from people who felt the discussion item had not been adequately publicized. Some callers said they were unable to attend Tuesday's meeting and asked that the discussion be rescheduled, Bullock said.The council agreed to do so, and the item will be discussed during the meeting Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Some residents are concerned that the quality and volume of the city's springs, located near Nunn's Park, will be negatively affected when the district buries a one-mile section of the green pipe in the mountain on the north side of the canyon from just north of Bridal Veil Falls to Canyon Glen Park. The city gets an average of 2,000 acre-feet of water a year from the springs - enough water for 6,000 people.

This stretch of pipe is located on a major landslide that has moved as much as 10 feet a day during wet years, causing structural damage to the pipe.

The contracts being drawn up will give the district an easement on two pieces of Provo city property located in the relocation area.

Studies performed by a district engineer indicate spring production may be disrupted during construction but that the springs will not suffer permanent damage. That conclusion has been confirmed by an independent geologist hired by Provo City, said Mayor Joe Jenkins.

Jenkins said the geologist, Bruce Kaliser, formerly with the state Geological and Mineral Survey, found the construction would have "nil impact on the springs."

"The district has agreed to place monitors to measure amount and quality (of the springs) in the drilling range area," Jenkins said. The monitors will provide a comparison of spring water production before and after the construction project.

"If it does impact the springs, the district has agreed to supplant the spring water with other water," Jenkins said.

Provo City also is negotiating an agreement with the district to divert some of its shares of Provo River water through the aqueduct to the treatment plant and on into Provo via an interconnect line - thus making "beneficial use" of that water, a requirement for retaining rights to water in Utah. Work on the interconnect line could begin this year, Jenkins said.