Last month, after hours of discussion and debate, the City Council passed an ordinance restricting the outside use of culinary water.
Problem is, the residents who depend most on the culinary system for outside watering didn't think too highly of the new law.So, it's back to the drawing board for the city, which will consider the residents' concerns and a possible amendment to the ordinance in its meeting on Wednesday, May 1.
Though most of the city enjoys a cheap and plentiful secondary water system, about 700 households east of Bountiful do not. They depend completely on the more-expensive culinary water for irrigating their lawns and gardens.
Because the secondary water users are under rationing orders this year, the City Council decided the culinary-only customers should also be restricted. The council ordered that they can water only six hours per day, twice a week.
The culinary-only customers, however, say that plan will threaten their lawns, shrubs and flowers, which already struggle for existence in sandy, sloping soil.
Michael Roden, a spokesman for the culinary-only group, suggested the council revise the ordinance to allow the culinary-only customers to water every other day for three or 31/2 hours.
"The end result is the same amount of water used," Roden said.
He asked the council to make the amendment on the spot during its meeting last week, but Mayor Bob Linnell declined.
"There's no crisis tonight. It's rain-ing outside and it will rain all weekend."
Another resident asked why the city continues to allow new growth when the availability of water is in question.
City Manager Tom Hardy said there is enough water to meet the culinary needs of all anticipated growth. But, noted City Engineer Jack Balling, the culinary water system was not designed to supplement the secondary system, which is governed by the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District and the Bountiful Water Subconservancy District.