New Washington County pipeline to impact 100,000 residents


WASHINGTON (ABC4 News) – Construction is underway for a new pipeline in Washington County that will affect about 100,000 people in southern Utah. 

The Sand Hollow Regional Pipeline is a $16 million project nearly 15 years in the making to serve growing areas of Washington and St. George. 

The project involves a 12 mile, 36-inch diameter ductile iron pipe and a concrete 5 million-gallon water storage tank. 

“It’s going to make St. George and Washington very happy because it’s building a lot of redundancy and reliability into their system,” said Zachary Renstrom, deputy general manager of the Washington County Conservancy District. “It will be vital for the future and for their existing systems.” 

The water from the pipeline will come from Sand Hollow Reservoir and connect to existing St. George and Washington municipal water systems. 

“Around Sand Hollow, they have several wells and they pump that water out of the ground and will put it in the pipeline and bring it over,” said Renstrom. 

The vast majority of the funds for the project came from impact fees, which are charged when an individual goes to build a new home or building. 

“In reality, the new growth is paying for the majority of this pipeline,” said Scott Taylor, Water Services Director of the City of St. George. 

While the pipeline specifically aims towards Washington and St. George, it will impact several additional communities such as Hurricane, Santa Clara, and Ivins. 

In St. George, the pipeline is particularly needed in the fastest growing areas of the city: the Little Valley area and the south block area. 

“We were to the point where we had maxed out our source of water for that area and our ability to transmit water to that area,” said Taylor. 

According to Renstrom, the first phase of the project, building the pipeline, began earlier this year and should be completed by mid-summer. Construction for the second phase of the project, creating the water tank, should begin at the end of the year and will take about a year to complete.

Renstrom said the project is currently under budget and ahead of schedule. 

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