Dear Editor:

Kanab is going to contract out a great amount of water to Red Sands. I’m sure Red Sands has a wonderful answer on why they need so much water on a regular basis when, as they have stated, they run a closed system where only five percent of the water is lost. Kanab will forever regret the lowering of their groundwater level.

Several years ago, Tucson, Ariz., purchased the water available in the Arva Valley, 16 miles north of Tucson, near the town of Redding. They constructed a pipeline and pumped away. Today, the Arva Valley is a wasteland. An aquifer is not a sure thing for a reliable water source.

So, Kanab is selling aquifer water, since Red Sands and others say there is “plenty of water” under Kanab. If this is true, why are you becoming a partner city for the pipeline project, which will raise your taxes, involve your bonding system for many years and certainly raise water rates?

On one hand, you are selling water. On the other hand, you are buying water from a pipeline project that will, in the long run, fail or require severe rationing. Right now the pipeline project is estimated to cost $1,300,000,000. And don’t forget, if it’s built you will pay for management, repairs, etc. forever.

Why not drill a well or wells into your aquifer system? You can control its draw of water and keep it working for the citizens of Kanab for a long time. The cost would be a fraction of pipeline water.

Being in charge of your system is a sound idea. Contracting water in or out of your city is a poor plan, when outside projects will control your water – Oh! They will. The big money wins every time – unless you just say no.

Red Sands says the trucks will run 24/7 north of Kanab. Tourists keep you going – this will be a problem since going north is what they do. The road will also suffer damage, don’t think it won’t. Check the “coal” roads in northern Utah.

I have no money or property involved in what I wrote. I just like Kanab. Keep it for your children to enjoy.