WEST BOUNTIFUL - A cooperative water agreement has been approved by the city councils of Bountiful and West Bountiful.
It’s intended as an emergency backup for West Bountiful, said City Administrator Duane Huffman, adding, “It’s a great example of West Bountiful and Bountiful working together.”
A previous well project undertaken by West Bountiful didn’t turn out well, he said.
“This would allow redundant (backup) water,” Huffman said. “We can purchase their (Bountiful’s) excess water in the winter.
If there’s an emergency at any time, including summer months, West Bountiful can immediately access Bountiful’s water, he emphasized.
“It’s a win-win for everybody. We have water tanks in Bountiful. Connecting into those is very expensive compared to finding our own source,” Huffman said.
It’s hoped the project will be ready this spring. But barring any fire or other emergency requiring extra water, the supply won’t be tapped until the next “off” season, or winter of 2014-15, he said.
About 200 acre feet could be accessed. One acre feet equates to what a family of four would typically use.
West Bountiful will also take into account what its water needs are and compare that with its allocation from Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, the city administrator said.
“If there’s an emergency, they’ll (Bountiful) do what they can,” Huffman emphasized. “Their first priority is to their residents.”
In the meantime, West Bountiful plans to explore other water sources, he said. “This (agreement) is really about a redundant water source.”