LOCAL NEWS

Federal infrastructure bill gives $50 million boost to Utah Co. water project

Nov 12, 2021, 6:21 PM | Updated: 10:39 pm

SPANISH FORK, Utah — A water-delivery project in a growing part of Utah County will move along more quickly thanks to the federal infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Monday.

“Our communities are growing quickly, and completion of the system will provide for the increasing water demands,” said Gene Shawcroft, general manager of the Central Utah Water Conservancy District.

The $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $50 million in funding for the Central Utah Project Completion Act.

“The additional funds for the Central Utah Project will provide a more rapid completion of the system in south Utah County and facilitate deliveries into Salt Lake County,” Shawcroft said.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, helped write and negotiate the legislation and was the only member of Utah’s federal delegation to vote to approve the bill.

“Hard, physical infrastructure projects that are part of this legislation — that are the entire part of this legislation — are going to help Utah maintain the kind of vitality and good quality of life that we’ve long enjoyed, and provide and a place where our kids and their kids will be happy to raise their families,” Romney said.

Romney toured the construction site Friday where sections of pipe are lined up.

He said just before signing, they discovered this project was left out of the bill.

“This was the one project, in the whole legislation, that stopped the bill and caused us to go back and re-draft and get a new draft and then distribute that and allow a vote and make sure that the Central Utah Water Project, the $50 million associated with this project, would actually be in the final legislation,” he said.

The current section under construction will bring water from the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon to the Santaquin area.

Water officials said the funding could cut the project time in half and that more than 100,000 people will benefit from the delivery of the water, which will also be used for irrigation, hydroelectric power and for fish and wildlife.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

UDOT Davis Co. detours...
Katija Stjepovic, Cary J. Schwanitz

Northern Utah construction projects could slow weekend plans

The Utah Department of Transportation will close the southbound lanes of Legacy Parkway between Park Lane in Farmington and Parrish Lane in Centerville for the second straight weekend.
17 hours ago
"Rainbow fentanyl" allegedly seized during an arrest of 51-year-old Jesse Wood, of Taylorsville, Ut...
Madison Swenson

Utah man arrested, charged with possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute

A 51-year-old man from Taylorsville, Utah, is behind bars on suspicion of possessing illicit drugs, specifically fentanyl, with the intent to distribute.
17 hours ago
Tooele sunrise...
Carter Williams, ksl.com

Snow advisories could bring up to 14 inches of snow Friday night

The snow is back, yet again. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Wasatch Mountains, where 6 to 14 inches or more of snow is forecast between Friday and Saturday. It remains in effect through late Saturday afternoon.
17 hours ago
People attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Tyre Nichols at the Tobey Skate Park on January 26, ...
Simone Seikaly, KSL NewsRadio

Utah safety officials, NAACP, react to death of Tyre Nichols

The Utah Department of Public Safety together with the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP have called the death of Tyre Nichols a "despicable act of violence and inhumanity."
17 hours ago
A teen girl was hit and killed by a school bus transporting high school students on Friday, Jan. 27...
Eliza Pace

School bus hits and kills 15-year-old girl

A school bus, with students on board, hit and killed a pedestrian at State Street and 8400 South Friday.
17 hours ago
Domestic violence victims...
Matt Rascon

KSL+: Curbing domestic violence at the State Capitol

SALT LAKE CITY — Domestic violence situations can be some of the most difficult for police to respond to and can lead to the most heartbreaking loss for families. This week, we look at how one family’s recent loss has taken them to the state capitol, on a mission to support Senate Bill 117 and […]
17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Federal infrastructure bill gives $50 million boost to Utah Co. water project