Following the lead set by other irrigation companies, the Kaysville City Council Tuesday decided to restrict the use of irrigation water this summer to users hooking up to the city's new system.
Irrigation companies along the Wasatch Front are cutting back deliveries as much as 50 percent, citing the effects of five years of drought.Kaysville has been working on a $10 million non-culinary water supply system for two years to ensure that all city residents have access to irrigation water for outside use on lawns and gardens.
To encourage residents to pay the hookup and annual use fee, the council two years ago adopted a culinary-water rate schedule that makes using city or drinking water on lawns more expensive than hooking up to the new irrigation system.
The city is hoping its new system will be ready for use by residents east of I-15 this summer, and Mayor Brit Howard said crews will begin charging the lines and testing for leaks and other problems by April 15.
The city is contracting for 1,600 shares of irrigation water with Weber Basin Water Conservancy District. Between the city's new system and the existing systems of the Haights Creek and Farmington Area Pressurized (FAPID) irrigation districts, all residents should have access to irrigation water.
Both existing districts have announced cutbacks on their deliveries for this summer; to reduce confusion, the council Tuesday opted to follow their example.
Depending on their street addresses, residents will be allowed to water two hours a day, three days a week. No residential watering will be allowed on Fridays, when large water users such as farmers and schools will water by prior arrangement with the city.
No watering will be allowed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., the hottest part of the day, to reduce water loss through evaporation. Depending on their house numbers, users will be allowed to water Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday or Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.