Dent legislation allowing irrigation districts to enter into public-private partnerships clears House

A measure that would give irrigation districts the authority to enter into private-public partnerships unanimously passed the state House of Representatives recently.

Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, prime-sponsor of House Bill 1578, says it is a common-sense measure.

“This bill would give irrigation districts the ability to form partnerships. It will be especially helpful if there is a lack of funding to address maintenance and operation of an irrigation district system,” said Dent. “Partnerships could be formed so power generating stations could be put in the canals. The profit generated from these stations could then go into maintenance and operation of the irrigation district system.”

Dent says anytime we can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the irrigation district systems is a positive step forward for those who rely on them for their livelihood.

The Washington State Water Resources Association testified in favor of the bill in committee.

It has been referred to the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee.


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