Under state law, all Utahns would collectively be responsible for $3 billion or more of public debt if the Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP) is constructed.
The Colorado River’s water supply is already over allocated, and the mega drought has already caused some delivery reductions and economic hardship. The LPP would only serve Washington County, which refuses to implement reasonable water conservation measures that are successful elsewhere.
The county’s average gallons per capita per day is 302. This is more than twice that of Phoenix and nearly three times that of Tucson. Arizona must issue permits to approve LPP construction. Will they do so when their own citizens are facing shortages and practicing responsible water use? The LPP may also violate the Colorado River Compact by transferring upper basin water for a lower basin use.
So other compact states could challenge the LPP on that basis. Meanwhile, Utah officials and the Bureau of Reclamation are rushing to approve the LPP before President Trump may leave office in January.
The Bureau released a biased LPP environmental study that fails to analyze any water conservation alternatives.
During this pandemic economy, with other higher priority needs competing over reduced funds, it would be ridiculous for Utahns to be saddled with massive LPP debt when there are cheaper and more reliable alternatives. If you agree, please vote for true fiscal conservatives, and let your representatives know that you oppose the LPP.