Watering restrictions imposed in Kaysville in June have been eased somewhat, but residents are still asked to be conservative in their use of water.
Residents using secondary water from the Haight Creek Irrigation District have had restrictions lifted entirely because the district has increased its water supply and filled its reservoirs.But Kaysville residents who rely on culinary or city water for outside use are still under restrictions that ban the watering of lawns and gardens between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Outside watering is being encouraged between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. when evaporation losses are minimal.
Whether dependent on irrigation or culinary water, the city is still urging residents to practice general conservation measures such as adjusting sprinklers to minimize waste, keeping water off streets and sidewalks, and not overwatering.
Residents without irrigation water who are considering planting new lawns are also still being urged to wait until September. That will conserve water, yet allow for proper germination and growth before winter, according to the city.
Kaysville's neighbor to the north, Layton, last week lifted its residential restrictions - also imposed in June - on use of culinary water outside entirely.
Restrictions in Layton were imposed on an emergency basis when one of the city's main wells, which provides about 20 percent of Layton's water, went dry.
City officials determined the water level in the aquifer, which the 360-foot deep well tapped into, had fallen. Water levels in the city's other wells were also down.
Residents and businesses were put on an even-odd watering schedule and large users, such as the city's parks department, schools, and churches, were given specific watering times.
Restrictions were lifted for the most part last week after the well pump was lowered 20 feet and the well brought back into production. Water is also being bought from the Weber Water Conservancy District to supplement the city's own supply.
Large users, including schools and churches, are still being asked to check with the city water department before turning on sprinklers, but residents and businesses have been exempted.
The situation farther north at Hill Air Force Base remains more serious, however.
Water use at the base has been cut in half through restrictions imposed June 21 and later tightened July 11 when base civil engineers announced three of the base's six wells were out of service because water levels had been drawn down below the pumps.
The restrictions have cut the base's use from 9 million to 4.5 million gallons per day, according to deputy civil enginner Nate Currier. The cutbacks have allowed the base's main reservior to refill to nearly its 3.5-million gallon capacity, he said. The level of the reservoir, normally 16 feet deep, was down to only 3 feet at one time.
Currier said one of the three wells could be back in production this week, and the other two at two-week intervals. Two new wells are also being brought into production, Currier said, but will not be on line until October.
On-base residents can now water lawns between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. - a less restrictive schedule than before.
But housing residents are still restricted to watering on the weekends. Even-numbered houses can water on even-numbered weekend days and odd-numbered houses on odd days. The washing of government and privately-owned vehicles on base is still prohibited.