An Independent Expert Panel reviewed the proposal to develop and import water from basins outside the Cedar Valley Aquifer Basin. The proposal involves drilling wells in the Pine and Wah Wah Valleys and deliver the water to Cedar Valley.
The Panel recognized the need of the additional source of water; however, all mentioned the cost associated with building the infrastructure as the biggest concern. They suggested further evaluation and analysis be conducted on the feasibility of this project.
The pumping of water will be powered by solar energy in the Pine Valley. Once it is pumped to the highest point near the Iron/Beaver County line, it will gravity flow into the Cedar Valley.
Map of Proposed West Desert Water Supply Projects
Water Rights in the Pine and Wah Wah Valleys were secured in February 2019.
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There are minimal geologic hazards associated with the pipeline from both Pine and Wah Wah to Cedar Valley. There are no major faults along the path and concern of seismic movement is minimal. -Dan Aubrey
Today, Utah is among the fastest-growing states in the country. In 2018, Iron County occupied the top growth position in Utah. Utah also happens to be among the driest states in the country in terms of its annual precipitation. Its water resources are finite and, as in many parts of the world, their future is uncertain. As Iron County’s population continues to grow, so will its demand for water. As such, water development and water conservation are parallel focus of the CICWCD.