- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Department of Transportation says it’s willing to consider allowing Flagstaff to install a pipeline along Interstate 40 to carry water from a ranch purchased by the city.

The Arizona Daily Sun (https://goo.gl/xv2OIj ) reports that the ADOT Director John Halikowski recently told the city in a letter that the department is willing to talk about granting the city an easement for two-thirds of its planned 30-mile pipeline.

Flagstaff purchased Red Gap ranch as a source of future drinking water. It also has signed an agreement with the Navajo Nation over aquifer pumping rights in the region, but the city still needs a way to get the water from the ranch to Flagstaff.

An easement agreement with ADOT would have to be signed by city and state officials.

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