The district’s proposed Warner Valley Reservoir would be the largest reservoir built to date in Washington County, currently planned to store up to 55,000 acre feet at full capacity on approximately 800 acres.
The reservoir will increase water availability by:
- Allowing the district to capture and store its Virgin River water rights, which are currently flowing downstream
- Storing water produced by the St. George water reuse plant during the winter months and excess Santa Clara project water
- Providing irrigation water to southern developments in Washington and St. George cities
- Conserving treated culinary water
- Improving water quality
- Providing drought protection
- Maintaining a more consistent pressurized system
- Allowing for more efficient irrigation methods
- Creating potential recreational opportunities for visitors
The approximately $97 million project will feature a 3,300-foot long and 235-foot high dam, spillway, approximately 7,000 feet of pipeline, a five-acre regulating pond, settling ponds, pumping station and access/haul roads. The settling ponds will divert and remove sediment directly adjacent to the Virgin River and the pump station will move water into the reservoir. Water will be transported to municipal irrigation systems via underground pipelines. The regulating pond will provide consistent flow and pressure.
Construction would commence after necessary permits are obtained and all plans are finalized, which is expected to occur in 2020. The reservoir and pipeline would be constructed simultaneously with an anticipated 15-month building timeframe.