State and local water officials will study the feasibility of constructing a pipeline from Hyrum Reservoir to Box Elder County.
Officials from the Utah Division of Water Resources, the Bear River Water Conservancy District and Cache and Box Elder counties met to discuss the project Monday in Brigham City.With studies also under way on raising Hyrum Dam and enlarging the reservoir, a plan for finding the best way to get that water to thirsty Box Elder County is needed.
The division expects the conservancy district to fund about half the cost of the study, said director Larry Anderson.
The Utah Legislature authorized up to $30,000 in state funds to fund the study, a sum Anderson said should be more than adequate.
If built, officials said the pipeline could also route water to Mendon and Wellsville. Anderson said officials plan to meet with representatives from both of those communities.
Anderson said the water resources division will likely contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to complete the study, if an agreement is struck with the Bear River water conservancy district.