Local utility officials claim the repair and replacement of an irrigation pipeline at the Echo Hydroelectric Plant cost them about $350,000 less than they expected, once the work was completed.
Allen Johnson, director of Bountiful City Light & Power, said several years ago officials found water was leaking under the floor of a building at the plant, from a faulty irrigation line. After some changes and redesigns, final repair work at the hydro plant was completed in November.
The project cost $42,800 for the line work and an additional $16,529 for engineering costs. Payment of the engineering costs was approved at a meeting of the city council on Tuesday.
Johnson noted that originally $400,000 had been set aside for repair work at the hydro plant.
Located just six miles north of Coalville in Summit County, the hydroelectric plant consists of three vertical turbines that have the capability of generating a total of 4,500 kilowatts of power. The city built its own 26-mile transmission line to bring power from the plant over the mountains to the city.
Bountiful is one of 40 Utah municipalities to have its own power company.