The Central Utah Water Conservancy District approved a $4.1 million contract on Tuesday to buy 25,000 acre-feet of Utah Lake water to firm up the water supply for Jordanelle Reservoir.

The water is being purchased from Salt Lake City by the conservancy district, which is the local sponsor for the Central Utah Project. Jordanelle, now under construction north of Heber City, is to be the key feature of the CUP's Bonneville Unit.The district has already purchased 60,000 acre-feet of Utah Lake water from Kennecott, putting the total purchase for Jordanelle 85,000 acre-feet at almost $14 million. The purchase price for both purchases was $164 per acre-foot.

A plan to buy an additional 32,000 acre-feet from several canal companies will not be pursued at this time, said district attorney Ed Clyde.

Clyde said the Bureau of Reclamation, building the CUP, has agreed to pay for the water purchases but has made no firm commitment because the availability of federal funds depends on annual appropriations from Congress.

The bureau would likely take title to any or all of the water in the deal the federal government paid for, Clyde said.