Washington County Water Agency Doesn’t Know How Much Water it Has
New Analysis Shows Water Agency has Contradicted Itself about Water Supply Totals in Washington County to Exaggerate Need for the Lake Powell Pipeline
In 2018, the Washington County Water District (WCWD) claimed in a state water committee that the agency had only 60,000 acre-feet of water annually. But a new analysis of the WCWD's past claims about water supply in Washington County released on PowellPipeline.org shows the WCWD made three past claims disclosing they had much more water available to support future growth. In 2017, the WCWD reported to the bond-rating agency Fitch they had an annual supply of 100,000 acre-feet of water, enough to triple the county population.
The WCWD appears to be concealing its water supply totals to falsify a need for more water and convince Utahns to spend billions of dollars for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline.
The WCWD is playing fast and loose with their water supply numbers to drum up support for this unnecessary project. At best, these contradictions demonstrate incompetence.
Washington County is expected to reach a population of roughly 500,000 by 2065 but the 105,000 acre-foot water supply is enough for a population of 420,00 to 630,000 people. In other words there is more than enough water in Washington County to keep its residents supplied and economy growing for decades to come. Go to PowellPipeline.org for more.