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Midway Imposes Watering Rules for Drought


Midway residents are facing water restrictions due to the current drought, effective today.

At a special meeting at town hall on Monday, Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson and Mike Kohler of the Midway Irrigation Company announced new rules for watering lawns.

The town has been divided into six zones and placed on a three-day weekly watering schedule.

Kohler said the plan, a joint effort by the city and irrigation company, is the best way to keep water running in town without it running dry.

“The way this is working out, the systems are split enough that we’ll be able to serve everybody," he said. "Everybody’s gonna have to work together. If we get some that are stubborn enough not to, I guess we’ll have to take second steps.”

Each of the six zones has a slightly different watering schedule.

The residential area of town is divided by Center Street into two zones. Those homes east of Center Street can water Monday, Wednesday and Friday only at night, and those to the west of Center Street can water Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at night.

But, Kohler said if the drought worsens, the restrictions will probably have to tighten.

“I fully expect that in a month it will get much worse. It might get down to one time a week, two times a week; we’ll have to see what happens,” he said.

Also at the meeting, Lance Larson, superintendent of the Wasatch Mountain Golf Course, said the golf courses in the area are also taking conservation measures like cutting the grass higher and watering less often.

COURTESY MIDWAY CITY Six zones in Midway were divided into groups with different watering schedules as part of the drought plan.

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Ben Lasseter reports for KPCW in Wasatch County. Before moving to Heber City, Ben worked in Manti as a general assignment newspaper reporter and editor.
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