Kobe Pumping Plant and Pipeline Project Gets Approved
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Mesa County Commissioners approved a permit on Tuesday, to install a buried water pipeline and pump station along the Colorado River.
The pipeline will run from the Roan Creek confluence south of De Beque, to the Mesa and Garfield County line.
Officials say this Kobe Pumping Plant and Pipeline Project started years ago, but they want to start it up again since it will benefit the town of De Beque and surrounding areas.
“Pipeline will supply water for irrigation and oil and gas needs,” said Randy Price, city planner. “By developing their water rights, area residents and companies hold on to those rights because they can have them taken away if they don’t use them.”
Construction will happen in two phases.
The first will be to construct a 1.5 mile pipeline to a ditch which will supply water for irrigation and some oil and gas activity. The second phase will connect this pipeline to a reservoir in Garfield County.
Officials say phase one could start as early as this year.