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United States : US BUREAU of Reclamation, Lewiston inks contract to fund a pilot water exchange plan.

In the Orchards, it s been five years since residents had to ration water usage, but now, even the possibility of water restrictions could be over.

To fund a pilot water exchange project, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District (LOID) inked a deal.

The construction of a groundwater well will see if LOID is able to come up with an alternate source of water for the Lewiston Orchards district. According to LOID District Manager Barney Metz, finding an alternate water source is important in preventing future water restrictions.

"The reality of it is, is we haven't been on restrictions in five years, said Metz. And that's because of our conservation efforts, putting meters in place, and because our patrons have been good stewards of the water. But no one will ever forget the time in the past where we had irrigation restrictions. So were trying to work away from that."

Nevertheless, this plan will cost over $5,000,000. It ll be located near the Lewiston Nez Perce County Regional Airport. Metz said the project won't be in the way of any pretty views for nearby residents.

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Date:Sep 16, 2013
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