Residents could save almost 60 percent on their irrigation water bills starting in 1992.

The city will become the third in Utah County to install a citywide secondary irrigation system and the second this year to approve such a measure. The system could reduce some monthly water bills from $37 for culinary water to $22 combined for both culinary and secondary irrigation water, according to early city estimates.The City Council approved preliminary studies and engineering on the project in October, meaning Lindon will be able to supply its residential water users with both culinary and secondary irrigation water by January 1992. Lehi already has such a system in place, and Payson voters approved funding for such a project during this year's primary elections.

The project, the cost of which has not yet been determined, ends a five-year process by city officials to get the irrigation system approved by residents. When the measure was put to a vote in 1986, it failed. Unlike earlier proposals, however, this time the system will be on a voluntary basis, and Mayor Noal Greenwood said that choice seems to have eliminated the opposition.

"We decided that maybe if residents have a choice in whether they have the system, there wouldn't be as much of an uproar."

Also unlike 1986, rather than putting the measure to a vote, the council asked property owners in the city to voice either their support for or displeasure with the project, and well over half indicated their support, Greenwood said.

"They indicated they would be willing to participate in such a project, and with that assurance, the council approved preliminary work."

The system, which would deliver water between April and October, will use surface water rather than well water and will run in pressurized lines, making it available to citizens above and below the Murdock Canal.

Greenwood said the project could also include construction of a reservoir near the Lindon-Pleasant Grove border and that with the North Union and Deer Creek water shares the city owns or has rights to, the city has the capability to add on to the system.

"The pressurized system could grow as the city grows. We'll have that capability."

City officials are currently requesting that those who wish to participate in the project sign up at the city office, 383 Lakeview Drive. Initial hookups will cost $10, and that cost will increase as the project nears completion, he said.

"It's to everyone's advantage, in my opinion, to hook on to the system - especially as it's being initiated. It will be much less expensive that way."

Greenwood said the system will be a benefit to both the city and its residents, saving precious culinary water for emergency situations such as drought years and allowing water users to sprinkle lawns and gardens at any time.

"Years ago, the council worked on the proposal - its goal being to make less expensive irrigation water available to everyone in the city. Those are fine goals, and this project will make them possible."

For more information on the project, contact the city offices at 785-5043.