BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
NORTH SALT LAKE — If they’re not careful, the city’s west side may soon run out of water.
North Salt Lake officials are urging residents living in Foxboro to sharply cut back on their water usage after Weber Basin cut all secondary water allotments by 20 percent. With Foxboro’s water usage up by 21 percent this past June, North Salt Lake Public Works Director Paul Ottoson estimates that the secondary water could run out sometime in September.
“As soon as we reach that allotment, Weber Basin cuts us off and we have no more water for the rest of the year,” he said. “The numbers we’ve been seeing are a recipe for disaster.”
The only North Salt Lake homes with access to secondary water are on the city’s west side. The rest of the city uses culinary water for both outdoor and indoor uses, drawn from both Weber Basin and the city’s own wells. Weber Basin hasn’t made cuts to culinary water allotments.
Though a recent project allowed parts of Eaglewood Golf Course to receive secondary water, that allotment comes from another provider and isn’t affected by the cut.
“We don’t have a lot of secondary water in North Salt Lake,” said Ottoson.
City officials are cutting back water use in Foxboro area parks by 25 percent, and are asking homeowners associations and residents to do the same. When the numbers come in for July, Ottoson and others will determine whether more significant measures are needed.
If you want to know how to reduce your outdoor water usage, call Weber Basin Water Conservancy District at 801-771-1677 for a free residential water audit. Other tips include watering early in the morning or late evenings, which saves water from being lost to evaporation, and sweeping driveways and sidewalks rather than hosing them off.
“It won’t be good if Labor Day comes around and we suddenly have no water,” said Ottoson. “We have to cut back.”