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93 percent utilitization
He said the Project reuses water seven to nine times and averages 93 percent water utilization. Most irrigation systems have a 60 percent utilization rate, he said.
Only 3 percent of the Klamath River’s water is used by the Project or local wildlife refuges, Gasser said.
He said PacifiCorp’s hydroelectric turbines on Klamath River run during the summer because of water stored in Klamath Lake during winter. That’s one of the Project’s benefits, he said.
“That’s why we think we deserve a (lower) power rate,” Gasser said. “It’s not because we’re good old boys.”
PacifiCorp’s Kvamme said the utility supports the phase-in to higher rates. But he said higher rates will put all irrigators on a level playing field.
“Currently, these (Project) customers pay one-tenth of the rate other irrigation customers pay,” Kvamme said.
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