The Local Waters Alternative to the Lake Powell Pipeline
The Local Waters Alternative is a solution to meet the future water needs of Washington County, Utah, by relying on local water supplies such as water conservation, water reuse, and agricultural water transfers rather than building an expensive, unnecessary pipeline.
The Local Waters Alternative is a solution for meeting the future water demands of Washington County, Utah, without the development of the Lake Powell Pipeline. This pipeline, as proposed by the Utah Board of Water Resources, would deliver 69,000 acre-feet per year (AFY) to Washington County, and 4,000 AFY to Kane County.1 In contrast, the Local Waters Alternative proposes greater water efficiency throughout Washington County, and demonstrates how, under the increased conservation scenario, local supplies can exceed demands by 20% in 2060 without the Lake Powell Pipeline. Local supplies include water reuse and agricultural water transfers. The Local Waters Alternative could cost about two-thirds less than the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline.