Heber City

Heber City will hold a town hall meeting to address concerns about the drought this Thursday.

The town hall meeting Thursday will bring together Heber City officials, engineers and water conservancy professionals. They will spend about an hour talking about Heber’s water system, water rights and the current water situation.

“It’s just an informational town hall,” said Mike Johnston, city councilman. “We’ve got some educated people and engineers in the water world, so they’ll answer questions and give some presentations."

Governor Cox has issued his third executive order relating to current drought conditions in Utah. 100% of the state is in drought. 2020 was the driest year on record and one of the hottest. The snowpack topped out early at 81%. Streams are at 50% of normal and some reservoirs could run dry.  We can all do our part to conserve water. Northern Utahans should water only 2 days a week and focus on shrubs and trees. Wash only full loads of dirty dishes and clothes. For many more helpful conservation actions, go to SlowTheFlow.org.  

The current winter season is not only facing the Covid pandemic, it’s also got to deal with the dismal snowfall that has occurred so far.

An analyst with the Natural Resouce Conservation Service says the outlook for snowpack is “frighteningly bad.”  That could be a serious problem for this summer.

KPCW talked to Jordan Clayton, Utah Snow Survey Supervisor with the Service, who said they need to see a turnaround with precipitation before the runoff season, which usually occurs from early April to the start of July.

Courtesy Oakley City Website

The current snowy weather is being welcomed, but the Summit County Council heard Wednesday that it will take a few years to recover from the dry spell that has afflicted the Wasatch Mountains and Utah.

They heard a report from David Ure, the county’s representative on the board of the Weber Basin Water District. Ure said water cutbacks could be coming—but drinking water for homes and cities is not in jeopardy.

Park City municipal is letting its residents know that if their water seems a little discolored it’s just because they’re doing annual flushing.

Park city water crews will be flushing water mains to enhance water quality by removing loose particles from the water mains. The annual flushing is an essential practice that the city conducts during shoulder seasons.

Water Projects Cost Less Than Expected

Dec 19, 2017

Park City water consumption has dropped since 2000 while the cost of getting that water to residences has increased.  More and more projects, electrical costs of pumping and new treatment facilities have quadrupled the base charges in the past decade.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Summit County Health Department

The director of the Summit County Board of Health says  he should be in charge of making sure water companies have the water they say they need for new development.  But the head of the Summit Water Company says he doesn't like the proposal.  A new water concurrency ordinance is the subject of a public hearing Monday, May 2nd.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has more:

Mike Luers, General Manager of the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District joined the show to talk about water, sewage and how it's all managed. News items discussed on this episode also include Roundup and Roundup resistant weeds, red tides off the coast of Florida and the XL pipeline.

Park City has seen a unusual amount of rainfall the last several weeks which seems to have produced an unusual decline in water consumption. The city water department believes it's because, residents are much more aware of their consumption and are turning off water when it's not needed. Lynn Ware Peek has more.

Construction fencing and a back-hoe front and center on the ski slopes above Old Town are part of the city's multi-million dollar water quality improvement project. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

The county's Mountain Regional Water District has some changes coming up in the near future for its rates, impact fees and its connections to other systems under the year old Snyderville Water Compact. Rick Brough has more.

The Summit County Council, sitting Wednesday as the board for the county's Mountain Regional Water District, approved a new Impact Fee structure for the water system.
They also got a head's up that water rate increases over the next five years, will be proposed later this summer. Rick Brough has more.

The County Council has another crowded agenda this week. Some of the major items relate to water - including an update from the county's Mountain Regional Water District - and a proposed ordinance that would mitigate the impacts of oil pipelines on items like rivers and streams. Rick Brough has more.

While it has yet to play out publicly in negotiations between Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker/Vail, water will be one of the major sticking points. Lynn Ware Peek has more.

The good news is that Park City water rates aren't going up as much as expected.  The bad news is that Park City water rates are going up 12 percent this year and 3 percent every year for the foreseeable future.  KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports.