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Pipe dream? Lake Powell Pipeline pushes $1 billion



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The 174-mile Lake Powell pipeline, a project that would bring more water to southwestern Utah, just got more expensive.

The Utah Division of Water Resources says the hydropower-assisted project will top $1 billion, nearly double an estimate made three years ago, to match new prices for materials including steel and general construction.

The estimate doesn't include years of debt service on government bonds, which critics say will make the project unaffordable for ordinary water users.

The pipeline would provide about 100,000 acre-feet of water per year, with 70 percent going to Washington County, 20 percent to Iron County and 10 percent to Kane County. An acre-foot is 326,000 gallons of water, the amount used by a typical household in a year.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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