RIVERTON (ABC4 Utah) What a difference a day makes, especially for the 41 thousand Riverton residents who have been dealing with major water woes.
For days now we’ve been reporting that the state engineer will be forced to cut off Riverton’s secondary water supply because of the low levels on Utah Lake where that water comes from.
Residents were looking at no water for yards and gardens and the City Council was considering mandatory water restrictions.
But a Tuesday meeting of the Utah Lake Water Users Association changed all that. Assistant State Engineer Jared Manning told the group his office will probably issue an order to cut off secondary water sometime this week. It’s mandated by a management plan adopted years ago.
But the meeting by the water users seemed to be motivated by a spirit of cooperation and the group came up with a plan that will save the residents of Riverton.
If the secondary water is turned off, the city will be able to tap into a primary water storage with water coming from the Provo River that was stored in Deer Creek Reservoir according to Manning.
Pressure may be somewhat reduced, but the water will be there for the thirsty yards and gardens. A greatly relieved Scott Hill, Riverton’s Water Director, put it simply “the way it sounds, I think we’re going to be ok for a while.”
The City Council had a meeting scheduled for Tuesday night to decide how to proceed in light of the news and also consider mandatory water restrictions, but in light of the good news, that meeting has been cancelled.