The Salt Lake Metropolitan Water District expects to have a 12,630-acre-foot carry-over in Deer Creek reservoir from this year's water allocation, despite the four-year drought that has plagued Utah.

Manager Nick Sefakis said the district is entitled to 61,700 acre-feet yearly from the reservoir's 152,000-acre-foot capacity.Sefakis said the district had hoped to carry over between 5,000 and 10,000 acre-feet and that he was surprised at the final figure.

However, the district could lose the carry-over if the reservoir fills and spills this spring. In that case, Sefakis said, the district would be limited to its normal allocation.

Sefakis said if the reservoir fills, the need for the carry-over is eliminated anyway.