The Utah Water Resources Board has approved $4 million in loans to Lehi and Riverton to help the communities improve their culinary water systems.

Lehi will receive $2.4 million from the state's Conservation and Development Fund, said Larry Anderson, director of the Utah Water Resources Division. The loan is scheduled to be repaid during the next 25 years.The Utah County community proposes to install a new culinary water system and convert the old water lines to serve fire hydrants and for use in outdoor watering of lawns and gardens.

The entire project is estimated to cost $4.7 million. Lehi has applied for loans from the state's Safe Drinking Water Committee and from the Community Impact Board for the remainder of the funding.

The board's $1.6 million loan to Riverton is from its Cities Water Loan Fund, said Anderson. Riverton's proposal calls for drilling a new well, refurbishing three older wells, installing new pipelines and relocating a water storage tank.

The Salt Lake County community will have 20 years to repay the state loan.