December 29, 2007--Arkansas Valley Conduit finally moving ahead (Pueblo Chieftain)

In the 1950s, when legislation for the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project perpetually languished in Congress, the need for clean drinking water in the Lower Arkansas Valley was often mentioned. High salinity in the Arkansas River makes the water largely undrinkable and most communities depend on wells for their supplies. The 1962 authorizing legislation for the project included a conduit that would provide a source of clean drinking water as far east as Lamar and Eads. Over the years, as other parts of the project were built, funding for the conduit never materialized. Lamar joined the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District in 1968 specifically to take advantage of the pipeline opportunity. Also in 1968, the Pueblo Board of Water Works came up with a $16 million plan to build a pipeline east and treat the water for the other communities Ñ a suggestion briefly resurrected during long-range planning in 2005. For several years, the Southeastern district has been working toward a federal plan to complete the Arkansas Valley Conduit, with a larger federal cost share. It has been a major focus of lobbying efforts both within the state and in Washington.

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