The district’s proposed Toquer Reservoir and Ash Creek pipeline project will increase water availability to serve Washington County’s growing population and economy while promoting conservation and the beneficial use of water.
The project is expected to:
- Increase water availability by approximately 3,000 acre feet annually through collecting and storing water, including aquifer recharge
- Store water that is currently lost through ditch and reservoir seepage and runoff to be used for irrigation and other municipal purposes
- Allow for high quality water from Toquerville Springs to be transferred from irrigation to culinary use
The estimated $34 million project consists of a 17-mile pipeline and a 115-acre, 3,640-acre-foot reservoir. Construction is scheduled to commence as soon as all necessary permits are obtained and all plans are finalized, which is expected to be in 2017. Construction of the pipeline and reservoir would occur simultaneously with an anticipated 15-month building timeframe.
Initial discussions have identified the area as a day-use only recreational amenity, planned to feature picnic tables, restrooms and small-engine boat access. A detailed recreation plan will be prepared. The district would anticipate contracting with a separate entity to manage the recreation area.