Conduit up for $2M boost
An additional $2 million would be funneled to the Arkansas Valley Conduit under an amendment to the water and energy appropriation bill (HR2028).
The amendment, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., was approved by the House Thursday. It adds $2 million to the Bureau of Reclamationâ€™s water resources account to advance and complete work on the conduit.
â€œAs you know, water is the lifeblood of the Western United States and absolutely critical to the vitality of our communities and local economies,â€ Tipton told the House.
The move was supported by U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo.
â€œThis project was authorized in 1962 to bring clean drinking water to 40 communities in Southeastern Colorado, many of which are in violation of clean water standards because of naturally occurring elements,â€ Buck said. â€œWhy donâ€™t we spend some money to benefit future generations instead of ourselves?â€
The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District is lobbying Washington to put more funding in the $400 million Arkansas Valley Conduit, which would bring clean drinking water from Pueblo Dam to 50,000 people from the St. Charles Mesa to Lamar and Eads.
Only $500,000 was budgeted this year for conduit work