Finally Some Good Water News For Riverton

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.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

John Legend PSA

Thumbnail for the video titled "John Legend PSA"

Latest News Videos

Tech Tuesday

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tech Tuesday"

Chase Center honors Kobe Bryant

Thumbnail for the video titled "Chase Center honors Kobe Bryant"

What's next for tax reform?

Thumbnail for the video titled "What's next for tax reform?"

What to expect from this year’s legislative session

Thumbnail for the video titled "What to expect from this year’s legislative session"

Utah Eagle Forum’s top legislative priorities

Thumbnail for the video titled "Utah Eagle Forum’s top legislative priorities"

Equality Utah’s top legislative priorities

Thumbnail for the video titled "Equality Utah’s top legislative priorities"
More Video News
Inside Utah Politics Logo

Glen Mills

Chief Political Correspondent

For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 News at 5 and 6, Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...

Don't Miss