Drought-plagued Riverdale has decided to spend $1.25 million to buy a well and build a storage and connection system to compensate for a 30 percent loss in water capacity this year.

Mayor Leon Poulsen said Riverdale offered the Roy Water Conservancy Subdistrict $410,000 for its unused well east of I-15, beating out the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District in a sealed bid July 27.The council met in closed executive sessions at its two July meetings, before the bid, to discuss bying the well.

Members say they will ask the Utah Board of Water Resources for a loan to cover 80 percent of the estimated cost of buying the well, building a 2-million-gallon storage tank and connecting the well to the city's existing water system.