Sandy's City Council has voted to call a Feb. 7 election on whether the city should switch its wholesale water supplier from Salt Lake County Water Conservancy District to Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake.

The city has been looking at the possibility of switching for about nine months, said City Administrator Byron Jorgenson.He said the city came close to having to ration water in each of the past two years, and the metro district can provide a more secure water supply than can the county district.

Jorgenson said if Sandy does decide to change, the city hopes to work out an agreement to satisfy all the parties involved.

The county district has encouraged Sandy to hold an election to get an idea of the public's wishes, but that vote won't be enough to get Sandy out, said Rick Hafen, attorney for the county district.

He said it is unclear legally whether Sandy can pull out.