Pipeline testing and well house construction are underway.
Beginning in 2005 with the purchase of the Geneva Steel’s water rights, the Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD) has worked to develop a non-federal water project to help meet the potable water needs of growing communities in Vineyard, northwestern Utah County and southwestern Salt Lake County.
CUWCD has combined the Geneva Steel water rights with other surface water rights into the CUWCD Water Development Project (CWP), with an ultimate total water supply of 53,800 acre-feet annually. Since 2007, CUWCD has constructed five wells, over 23 miles of transmission pipelines, 10 million gallons of storage, a pump station and chlorination facilities in the initial phases of the CWP, to deliver drinking water to the cities of Vineyard, Lehi, Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain and to the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District.
The CWP water supply is high-quality drinking water; in fact, the first two wells won "Best-Tasting Water" in the intermountain region in 2015 and 2016, respectively. CUWCD is now completing the next phase of the CWP, "The Wells @ Vineyard." The project includes drilling three new wells, 24 inches in diameter and 1,500 feet deep, constructing pump houses atop each well and building a 3-mile-long pipeline to collect the well water and convey it to the CWP aqueducts for delivery to customers.
Work began in December 2017 and will continue until late 2020. Future phases will include construction of up to seven additional wells in the coming years.
Pipeline installation was completed in early fall 2019. Crews installed 24", 36," and 48" pipe throughout the 3-mile project. Work continues on testing the pipeline and tying it into the well sites.
Construction on well houses at wells 8, 9 and 10 began in late summer 2019 and will last through fall 2020.
Late Summer 2018 - late Fall 2019
Pipeline construction and testing
Late Summer 2018 - Spring 2019
Well development at sites 8, 9 & 10
Fall 2019 - Fall 2020
Well house design & construction
WHAT TO EXPECT
Nearby residents can expect to see construction trucks and equipment along the pipeline alignment and crews working during daytime hours, Monday through Friday through late 2020.
Please use caution in the area and avoid well sites and areas where active work is happening.
Is the water free and clear of any contaminates from the former Geneva Steel mill?
Public health and safety are top priority and only the highest quality drinking water is delivered to our customers. The district takes quality very seriously, follows all federal regulations and is even more stringent on internal regulations. The water from these wells will be monitored closely and tested more frequently than is legally required.
No manufacturing by Geneva Steel has ever taken place on or near the well sites in Vineyard. Other wells in this well field have been in operation and provided water to consumers for more than three years.
Thorough testing and significant data has shown there is no concern for contamination to any of the drinking water aquifers utilized by the wells. Part of the well design and management process includes siting analysis, water monitoring, and testing to ensure clean, safe water is being distributed to customers. Our water is tested regularly for a wide variety of constituents and has never exceeded stringent USEPA drinking water standards. Additionally, the exceptional design of the wells and pipeline will prevent any foreign materials from entering the water supply. For more information about the water coming from these wells, please read the Consumer Confidence Report.
How deep are the wells?
Some will be as deep as 1,500 feet below the surface, (the deepest drilled in Utah) – nearly four times the height of the Wells Fargo Center in Salt Lake City. These deep aquifers are continually filled by crisp, clean water from our mountains.
How long is construction expected to last?
Construction for the pipeline will wrap up in late 2019 and work on the three wells and well houses is anticipated to last through late 2020.
What is the cost of the project?
$8 Million for the wells.
$7 Million for the pump houses
$16 Million for the pipeline
How is this project being funded?
The cost of the project will be recovered entirely from water users.
Will my water, sewer service or any other utilities be affected?
No water, sewer or other utility disruptions are anticipated during construction. In the event a disruption does occur, please contact (801) 226-1929.
How could construction impact me?
The plans for this project involve construction and/or drilling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nearby residents may experience additional noise, dust and vibration while the work takes place. Parking areas in close proximity to the project sites may also be affected during the course of construction.
Where is the water going?
The water from these wells will be delivered via the new pipeline to residents of Vineyard and other communities in northern Utah County and southern Salt Lake County.
How can I learn more?
Hotline: (355) 440-0660
Dec. 2017 – Spring 2019
Summer 2018 – Fall 2019
Fall 2019 – Fall 2020
Pipeline installation was completed in fall 2019. This pipeline will deliver water to residents of Vineyard and other communities in northern Utah County and southern Salt Lake County.
In 2005, CUWCD purchased approximately 42,400 acre-feet of water rights and other water-related assets from the former Geneva Steel Company.
By combining these groundwater rights with surface water rights previously purchased, CUWCD is now able to sponsor the CWP. The project will provide a reliable, potable water supply of approximately 53,800 acre-feet annually under full development and that is projected to be developed over 25 years.
To learn more, contact us
Hotline: (385) 440-0660