Congressman Jim Matheson successfully passed his bill to help a rural Utah countyвЂ™s water needs.В MathesonвЂ™s H.R. 818 вЂ“ legislation on behalf of the Uintah Water Conservancy DistrictвЂ”passed the House overwhelmingly.
вЂњThis measure allows the Uintah County water district to repay money ahead of schedule. That benefits taxpayers and water users in the county,вЂќ said Matheson.В вЂњit will also help better manage and utilize water for the benefit of economic growth.вЂќ
The Uintah Water Conservancy District includes most of Uintah County. The District entered into a repayment contract with the federal government in 1976 to repay all reimbursable costs associated with the Jensen Unit of the Central Utah Project.В The projectвЂ™s purpose was to supply water for irrigation, industrial and municipal use in central and eastern Utah. The water district asked the Bureau of Reclamation to be allowed to make prepayments on the amounts it owes to the government which it estimates would reduce the cost of the water.
Matheson said the bill shortens the payment schedule from 2037 to 2022.