The city's water-rationing plan leaves some eastside homes with less than half the water other residents have for their lawns, the Centerville City Council was told Tuesday.
Water pressure in city culinary lines is low on the east side, and some homes don't have access to a secondary, or irrigation, system.Roger Tea, 1128 N. 300 East, told the council the watering restrictions imposed by the city for the coming summer will make it difficult to maintain his landscaping. He asked the council to allow residents with no irrigation water an extra period to water during the week.
Requiring residents to water at the same time of day on the same day of the week will lower water pressure on the east side even more than it already is during those periods, Tea told the council, suggesting a staggered watering schedule instead.
Tea's plea was seconded by Rulon Duncan, 1054 N. 300 East, who presented the council with figures showing that, according to his calculations, residents with access to only culinary water will receive about half the water flow for outside watering as residents with access to irrigation systems.
City water flows at 13 to 15 gallons per minute in his neighborhood, according to Duncan's figures, while Weber Basin Water Conservancy District water flows at about 26 gallons per minute.
Allowing watering in two-hour time slots two or three days a week means residents relying on city water will end up with less than half the flow of those with irrigation water, Duncan told the council.
Extending that time period by an hour for non-irrigation users will still leave them with 30 percent less water over the summer, he said.
The council declined to change the rationing system on Tuesday but promised to monitor it through the summer. If marked inequities in water accessibility show up, the council members said the issue could be addressed again.