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Proposed Lake Powell pipeline cost estimate lowered by $100M

Lake Powell stores Colorado River water behind Glen Canyon Dam, completed in 1966 near Page. After decades of drought and population growth, the reservoir is at less than half its capacity. (Luke Runyon/KUNC)

Lake Powell stores Colorado River water behind Glen Canyon Dam, completed in 1966 near Page. After decades of drought and population growth, the reservoir is at less than half its capacity. (Luke Runyon/KUNC)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah officials say they have shaved $100 million off the estimated price of a proposed pipeline that would pull water from Lake Powell.

The Utah Division of Water Resources said in a news release Sept. 25 the cost savings come from scrapping plans for two reservoirs that would have generated hydropower at peak demand times.

Division spokeswoman Marcie Larson says the project is estimated to cost $1-1.7 billion, down from as much as $1.8 billion. It would be repaid over 50 years.

A legislative audit found it will require a large fee, rate and tax increases in Washington County in southern Utah to pay for the project.

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