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What is the Pine Valley Water Supply (PVWS) Project?
In 2006, the District filed for water in three valleys northwest of Cedar City: Pine Valley, Wah Wah Valley and Hamlin Valley. In February 2019, the court decreed 15,000 acre-feet of water in Pine Valley and up to 11,275 acre-feet in Wah Wah Valley.
The PVWS Project begins with a fully renewable solar power generation system at the well sites in Pine Valley, northwest of Cedar Cedar. The water will be transported through 70-miles of buried pipe and arrive in the Cedar Valley near Iron Springs Road where it can be distributed to the communities within the valley.
When will the PVWS Project happen?
Efforts to import 15,000 acre-feet from the Pine Valley, northwest of Cedar City, are currently in the early planning stages.
The PVWS Project is currently in the Environmental Impact Statement process with the Bureau of Land Management. Environmental, biological, and cultural studies have been done to make sure there are no harmful effects, and mitigation strategies are in place. The District is using the latest and best science available. The latest report was produced by Transcon Environmental and Formation Environmental for this project as part of the EIS.
Why does Cedar Valley need the PVWS Project?
The Utah Division of Water Rights has implemented a Groundwater Management Plan in 2021 that will slowly reduce water rights to safe-yield (water that is actually available). The plan will reduce municipal (Cedar City, Enoch, & the District) water rights by 75% by 2070.
In 2020-2021, Cedar Valley experienced the worst drought on record and then the Summer of 2021 brought drastic monsoon storms that resulted in damaging flooding in Cedar Valley. 2021 was also the second driest year on record. Working towards solutions is critical for our region.
Cedar Valley has reached a point where the conversation can no longer wait. Fortunately, The District has been working on the PVWS Project for decades. Water from the West Desert’s Pine Valley will provide an additional source of water, help restore Cedar Valley aquifer levels, provide safe and reliable drinking water, and ensure there is water for the future.
Who does the PVWS Project include?
The project is designed to provide solutions for Cedar Valley, including the municipalities of Cedar City, Enoch, and Kanarraville.
The PVWS Project is expensive; however, it is feasible, and it is important to invest in the future of our valley. The District is currently working with local municipalities to create a feasible financial plan. The project will be financed and funded through a combination of grants, loans, impact fees, user fees, and property taxes.
How can you help?
Ultimately, the PVWS Project’s success relies on the support of the Cedar Valley community.
The District encourages you to research the facts about the PVWS Project and welcomes your questions and comments: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XVFFMZC
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What is the cost of the PVWS Project? Environmental Effects? Water Right Situation?
Check out the information sheet below: