Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bill may use water rights to develop on reservation

Culinary water for San Juan County’s Navajo residents on the reservation is on the minds of the San Juan County Commission and the Utah State Legislature during this legislative session.

Commissioner Bruce Adams reported that he had testified before a legislative committee last week on the need for culinary water on the reservation using the Navajo water right from the San Juan River.

The state is considering a $154 million project to supply water to Monument Valley using a 24-inch water line that would run from Mexican Hat to Monument Valley. The water would be treated in Mexican Hat and then distributed using lift stations and storage tanks.

Adams reports that the committee unanimously approved the project. There will also be two or three additional projects in the future to supply treated culinary water to other areas of the reservation. San Juan Record