Arkansas Valley Conduit


The Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) is a 130-mile pipeline with spurs that would serve as many as 40 communities and 50,000 people east of Pueblo. It will deliver filtered water ready for treatment from Pueblo Reservoir. The AVC will supplement existing water supplies, which face state compliance issues because of salinity or radionuclide contamination. Most of the participants rely on groundwater, and are in need of a reliable supply of fresh water.



The cities of the Lower Arkansas Valley in Colorado have awaited the construction of the AVC for decades. The AVC was authorized by Congress as part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project in 1962. It never was built largely because of the inability of participants to repay construction costs. In 2009, Congress amended the original Fry-Ark legislation. The amendment featured a cost-sharing plan with 65 percent federal and 35 percent local funding. The locally funded portion will be repaid by the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District (District) to the federal government over a period of 50 years. 


MilestonesRegional Water Conservation Plan

2009 – P.L. 111-11 passed, allowing miscellaneous revenues (excess-capacity contract payments) from the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project to be applied to AVC construction and repayment. These payments will be available beginning in 2022 and initially total about $3 million annually, increasing in future years as contract payments rise. 

2013—Regional Water Conservation Plan in Support of Arkansas Valley Conduit and Related Projects completed by the District.                                         

2013 – The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) completed a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the AVC.’

2014 – Reclamation issued a Record of Decision for the AVC, which established a route (Comanche North) and scope of work for the project. 

2017 – Reclamation completes Feasibility Design Report for AVC

AVC Progress Report

CDM Smith, under a contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, completed a study of Regionalization for theAVC with the goal of providing interim solutions for AVC participants until the AVC can be completed. The Final Report of Phase 1 provided alternatives with the goal of addressing Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment drinking water enforcement orders, while CDM Smith Studyfollowing the alignment of the AVC east of Pueblo as closely as possible.

Meanwhile, Reclamation has endorsed the “New Concept,” proposal made by the District in 2017, which eliminates the need to build a pipeline around Pueblo by using the capacity in Pueblo Water’s system to deliver AVC water at a point east of the Pueblo Memorial Airport. In 2019, Reclamation initiated a Value Planning workshop to study efficiencies along the entire route, with the goal of addressing federal concerns, and improving chances for federal appropriations. 




Pueblo County


  • Town of Boone
  • St. Charles Mesa Water District

Crowley County

  • 96 Pipeline Company
  • Crowley County Water Association
  • Town of Crowley
  • Town of Olney Springs
  • Town of Ordway
  • Town of Sugar City

Bent County

  • Hasty Water Company
  • City of Las Animas
  • McClave Water Association

Prowers County

  • City of Lamar
  • May Valley Water Association
  • Town of Wiley

Kiowa County 

  • Town of Eads


Otero County

  • Beehive Water Association

  • Bents Fort Water Company

  • Town of Cheraw

  • East End Water Association

  • Eureka Water Company

  • Fayette Water Association

  • Town of Fowler

  • Hancock Incorporated (now part of Rocky Ford)

  • Hilltop Water Company

  • Holbrook Center Soft Water

  • Homestead Improvement Association

  • City of La Junta

  • Town of Manzanola

  • Newdale-Grand Valley North Holbrook Water

  • Patterson Valley

  • Riverside Water Company

  • City of Rocky Ford

  • South Side Water Association

  • South Swink Water Company

  • Town of Swink

  • Valley Water Company

  • Vroman Water Company

  • West Grand Valley Water

  • West Holbrook Water


Click Here for the Final Enviormental Impact Statement

For more information: United States Bureau of Reclamation