Roza may reconsider temporary Kachess plant

— Higher than expected costs and a rapidly improving water outlook may prompt the Roza Irrigation District board of directors to rethink a decision on moving ahead with a temporary floating pump plant at Lake Kachess.

The board meets Tuesday to consider raising annual assessments by $85 per acre to pay for the project. Instead, the board may reconsider its Oct. 15 decision that approved pursuing a temporary plant at Kachess

District Manager Scott Revell said that's because an engineering consultant's updated estimate last night anticipates costs of about $78 million instead of $57 million, as previously projected.

Revell said as of today reservoir content is tracking at 123 percent of average.

"As a result, it is my expectation that the board will discuss and consider reevaluating their October 15 decision to proceed with the project," Revell said.

See more on this story in Monday's paper.


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