Residents of northern Utah counties can rest assured there is plenty of water to get them through the winter. In fact, water reserves are considerably higher than normal for this time of year, said Ivan Flint, secretary and general manager of the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District.
Thirty-nine water companies and cities in five counties - Davis, Weber, Morgan, Summit and part of Box Elder - rely on the water district for drinking and irrigation water. In addition, the district provides secondary water (untreated irrigation water) to 41,000 connections."We're in great shape," Flint said. "We've used a lot, but we have a lot left."
Normally, the district's seven reservoirs are half full in September. But this year, the company's largest reservoir, Willard Bay, is at 97 percent capacity. Other reservoirs are at least 60 percent to 70 percent full, Flint said. And, irrigation season is over in a month, he said.
Flint said the district stores a total of 450,000 acre feet of water every year and usually sells off about half of that. Willard Bay still has about 209,000 acre feet in its reservoir.
Flint attributes the surplus to good river flows throughout the Spring, which kept the district from tapping the reservoirs until July.
"It's a nice position to be in. It's nice to have that holdover," Flint said, noting that the possibility of a decreased snowpack in the winter is always a potential here.
But if snowfall is heavy this winter, the district may be forced to let water out of the reservoirs. That decision will be made around mid-December.
The district will shut off all irrigation and secondary water on Oct. 15.