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Provo River Aqueduct Update

The Provo River Aqueduct (PRA) has now been in service for seven irrigation seasons.  It is functioning very well and meeting expectations.  The 2018 season was one of many low-water years.  During these drought years, the pipeline served to deliver water without any leakage or evaporation losses that would ordinarily occur in an earthen canal.  In a low-flow season, canals are operated in a “checked up” state where the water is held back to flow more deeply and more slowly.  This condition is required for delivery out of turnouts.  This condition also contributes greatly to leakage and evaporation losses.  In some years the PRA has remained in service for up to three weeks after the end of the irrigation season to allow for maintenance to occur on the Salt Lake Aqueduct and the Jordan Aqueduct Reach 4.

The completion of the PRA allowed for the construction of the Murdock Canal Trail along the PRA corridor.  The trail, opened in May of 2013, has averaged over one million users per year. Bicyclists, walkers, joggers and various groups enjoy the trail year-round.  Events such as marathons and half-marathons utilize the trail as a part of their event route.  The Murdock Canal Trail connects to many other trail systems in the area.  

Posted: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 10:56 am

Deer Creek Upgrades

The Association is in the middle of a series of upgrade projects at the Deer Creek Dam, Reservoir and Power Plant.  The projects to-date have included the replacement of the lighting system in the penstock tunnel and access way.  The penstock fill piping system was upgraded in order to prevent an age-related failure of that system.  The original 1958 overhead crane was modernized.  This crane will need to be in excellent condition for projects coming in the future.  

Projects currently underway include the replacement of hydraulic lines that are used to operate the penstock guard gates.  These hydraulic lines are being replaced to make the system safer, more efficient and reliable.  The Association has retained a contractor to replace the original 54” tube valves that have served as the main outlet valves since 1941.  This significant project will take over two years to procure and install the new valves.  Beginning in approximately 2021, the generator rotors and stators will be tested to see if a rewind for them is appropriate.  Finally, in a few years, the Association will commence active planning and design for a project to upgrade or replace the intake tower for Deer Creek Reservoir.  This project has the potential to have major impacts to Association shareholders and those who deliver water through Deer Creek Reservoir.

Posted: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 10:55 am