The Utah State Water Resource Board has agreed to help fund Lindon's secondary water project, if enough residents support it.
Ray Brown, Lindon city recorder, said the board will help Lindon if at least 75 percent of the residents subscribe to the new system. Lindon's secondary water system will replace a network of ditches as a way to water lawns, gardens and small farms."People will have unlimited water for one monthly fee," Brown said, rather than paying by the gallon.
Lindon Mayor Noal Greenwood said residents will still pay by the gallon for the primary water system, but a set fee will allow residents unlimited access to the secondary water system.
"Over the long run it will be less expensive because we will be using inexpensive surface water instead of culinary water," he said.
"The new system will mean that we will have adequate, affordable water resources for watering our lawns and gardens and, in the foreseeable future, it will conserve the culinary water system for the community as it grows," Greenwood said.
With the new system, the city will not have to use the culinary water for lawns, Greenwood said.
"More than 70 percent of Lindon residents have already signed up," Brown said. He said support for the new system is definitely greater than a few years ago.
In 1986, voters defeated a proposal for a secondary water system. Brown said only 30 percent of Lindon residents voted, and the measure was defeated by only 4 percent.
Soon after, a community committee was organized to promote a secondary water system and to try to find a way to get the system without voting on it. The committee was able to organize it on a voluntary use system, which would get funding if enough residents were interested.
According to Brown, the new system will also help Lindon with its storm drain system because the city will be able to use the vacated ditches for drainage.
The next step is to show the Water Resource Board that 75 percent of Lindon residents are behind the proposal and then engineers can prepare the plans.
Lindon's City Council will soon decide on a schedule for the secondary water system, which will be finished "as soon as we can possible get it," Greenwood said.
Greenwood said implementation could take from one to two years depending on how fast the city can collect the needed signatures and how smoothly the planning process goes.