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PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- City officials acknowledge that
construction won't begin as planned this summer on a 30-mile pipeline
to bring water from a ranch to the city.
Authorities still have to acquire more than 180 right-of-way
easements. Easement negotiations are under way with the Arizona State
Land Department. And an application is pending with the Arizona
Department of Water Resources.
Officials reported that the summer 2009 date for the completion of
the Big Chino Water Ranch pipeline is no longer realistic, though
they stopped short of setting a new deadline for finishing the
That changes the position the city has taken ever since it
partnered with the town of Prescott Valley in late 2004 to buy the
former JWK Ranch for the Paulden-area Big Chino Water Ranch.
As recently as February of this year, Big Chino Water Ranch
project manager Jim Holt told a group of business people in Prescott
Valley that the two communities were still eyeing the July 2009 date,
although he cautioned the schedule was aggressive.
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