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Shutoff helps preserve district water
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BY TOM BUSSELBERG

Managing Editor

LAYTON —   Secondary water shutoff was completed early for thousands of Davis County homeowners, helping to retain some reserve.

This year, due to lower water levels in reservoirs, Weber Basin Water Conservancy District decided to move up the annual shutoff from Oct. 15 to Oct. 1.

“We shut off all irrigation as of today,” said Scott Paxman, assistant general manager of the district. It provides water to most of Davis County, selling to it subdistricts.

Due in part to the change, the district has more water in reserve than it originally thought it would.

“We are sitting at about 30 percent in our reservoirs,” Paxman said. That’s higher than had been predicted, and weather forecasts predicting rain for the end of this week should bring more precipitation.

Those affected include Bountiful Irrigation, where a spokesperson said water shutoff occurred without incident.  Many calls were received prior to Tuesday’s shutoff by customers, mostly related to the earlier shutoff date.

Bountiful Irrigation serves about 10,000  households and businesses. From West Bountiful and a small part of Woods Cross east of I-15 to Bountiful Boulevard.

Although water is shut off, he reminded homeowners to make sure their outside water valves are kept open, allowing for any residual water to flow back into the lines.

“Once they know it’s totally drained they can shut their own valve off,” he said. In extreme cases, such as in a heavy downpour, failure to follow that could cause some water line damage.

Even at a 30 percent water level in reservoirs, Paxman said the water storage situation is a “little dismal. We like to go into the end of the season at 50 percent carry over.”

Weber Basin’s reservoirs are designed to hold enough water to supply needs for two years.

 Water users have continued to conserve over prior years, Paxman said. The district conducted 350 water audits, where Weber Basin employees met with homeowners to find ways of conserving water.

“If we passed by somebody watering in the wrong time of the day or problems with their sprinkler, we would stop and notify the homeowner,” placing a notice on their door, Paxman said.

tbusselberg@davisclipper.com
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