As public officials representing Washington County, we are frequently asked about our water supply and the need for the Lake Powell Pipeline. Most questions come from residents and business owners who want to know there is a reliable water supply to sustain our thriving economy and desirable quality of life. We’re happy to report that the state of Utah and our local water provider, the Washington County Water Conservancy District, are working to ensure there is always water when we turn on the tap.

Having a future reliable water supply includes the development of the Lake Powell Pipeline, an approximately 140-mile culinary water transmission line that will deliver more than 82,000 acre-feet of water to our communities. The project will more than double our current water supply and is essential to diversifying our existing water source and meeting the demands of a population projected to increase 229% by 2065. 

Some, including special interest groups based outside of Washington County, claim the project isn’t necessary. We respect the differing opinions about this project, but we — your elected community leaders and neighbors — are concerned when outsiders attempt to dictate our community needs and determine how we should live. Our concern escalates when misinformation is presented as facts. Claims that our water shortages can be solved by conservation alone or that there isn’t any water for the pipeline are not true. Propagating these inaccuracies is counterproductive to our communities’ best interests.  

Approximately four decades ago — before most of us lived here — the decision was made to build the Quail Creek Project, a water infrastructure system that includes a diversion dam, miles of pipeline and a reservoir. Water rights had to be secured. Environmental permits had to be issued. It took a lot of work. It took a lot of money. It took a lot of vision. Some people criticized the project, claiming they would never use a drop of water from it. Today, we all depend on that project. We would not be here without it. The same will be said of the Lake Powell Pipeline in the future. 

We take our role as stewards of this community and representatives of you, our citizens, very seriously. Collectively and individually we have studied the facts about the Lake Powell Pipeline, and we invite you to do the same. Our studies have united us in our support for this project. We know the Lake Powell Pipeline is needed and it will bring tremendous benefits to the state and our local communities. 

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Jon Pike is the mayor of St. George. Ken Neilson is the mayor of Washington. John Bramall is the mayor of Hurricane. Rick Rosenberg is the mayor of Santa Clara. Chris Hart is the mayor of Ivins. Dean Cox is a Washington County commissioner. Victor Iverson is a Washington County commissioner. Gil Almquist is a Washington County commissioner.

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