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Davis among Utah’s driest
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BY TOM BUSSELBERG

Associate Editor 

LAYTON –  Davis County’s water supply is among the lowest in the state, according to Tage Flint, Weber Basin Water Conservancy District general manager.

“We’re a little worse off than most,” he said. “Anything south of us seems to have fared a little better last spring.” 

Facing very little new precipitation this summer, the district is in its last two months of providing secondary water to most of Davis County and beyond.

“We’re hoping for best (water use) practices going right through to the end,” Flint said. 

People cut usage by 5 percent last month compared to the same month a year earlier, he said.  That’s even as the summer of 2012 was similarly dry and hot.

“The folks ought to be congratulated for that,” he said. “A lot are trying to keep their usage down.”

All the same, Flint anticipates reservoirs will be just 20 percent full by the end of the secondary water season, which this year has been moved up to Oct. 1.

“We’ll be really dependent on a strong snow season,” Flint said. “This is the worst conditions for our reservoirs that I’ve seen” in his almost 13 years at the district.

“In the next week we’ll be below 40 percent, will see storage in the 30s,” the general manager said.

Flint is looking forward to data due to be released early this fall related to ocean temperatures and La Nina and El Nino. 

Long-range weather forecasts such as those about global weather patterns are typically more reliable than short-term forecasts, Flint said.

editor@utahislander.com

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