"This is the last piece of the
Broderick gave an update of the conduit to the
Contract negotiations will begin later this year for the conduit and two associated federal contracts to provide a master storage lease in
In the meantime, the Southeastern district is searching for ways to make sure federal funding arrives in a timely fashion in order to begin design work -- a two- to three-year process -- and construction of the conduit. The conduit will provide fresh drinking water to 50,000 people in 40 communities east of
The federal money will be repaid through user fees and through Reclamation contracts under 2009 legislation.
"It was a great project then, and it's a great project today," said
"We couldn't agree more," said
Eklund also asked Broderick if all of the 40 communities that will benefit from the conduit have water quality issues.
"Yes, it's universal," Broderick replied.
Of the total, 17 communities face radionuclide issues, while all of them are dealing with high salinity in water. Even those that have installed reverse osmosis purifying systems are facing issues of brine disposal.
"I don't see regulations getting easier," Broderick said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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