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The combination of hot water (150°F; 65.5°C) from the Gila Hot Springs and cold water (50°F; 10°C) from the West Fork of the Gila River makes a 10-KW Rankine-Cycle turbine-generator feasible. Plans call for the installation of a generator during November 1980 and for the systematic monitoring for 1 year of both environmental parameters (water temperature, chemistry, streamflow, springflow, etc) and generator performance. The results of the monitoring program will become
Institutional problems that have been addressed include water rights (both to hot and cold water) and effluent discharge. Electricity generated at the facility will be used locally and will constitute about 4% of the area's requirements.
If the generator lives up to its specifications, and if the institutional problems can be resolved, a deep (5,000 ft; 1,524 m) exploration well will be drilled to search for hotter water in larger volume.
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