The annexation of Sandy City to the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Water District would not cause problems or shortages for current users, LeRoy Hooton Jr., director of public works, told the district Wednesday.
Hooton addressed concern over possible shortages with information on new wells and increased capacities of current ones."We were very careful to make sure that it will work without any ill effects to Salt Lake City," he said. "In a normal year, we'll have a great deal of surplus. Even in a dry year, in the worst-case scenario, we should still have adequate water."
The transfer from the Salt Lake County Water Conservancy District to the district is subject to Sandy's conformity with a 10-point list of conditions set by the district.
Among the conditions are a cost assessment of $55 per acre foot, the same paid by Salt Lake City, and the repayment of costs for additional facilities needed to complete the project.
The district will draft a formal letter to Sandy detailing the specifics of the conditions. A resolution approving the plan is expected to be ready by the next district meeting later this month.
Sandy officials present at Wednesday's session informed the district of their plans to devote an entire meeting to the water issue on Tuesday. A tour of district facilities is also planned.
Also on Wednesday, Nick Sefakis, district general manager, informed the district that the overall water supply has not been threatened by dry conditions, as speculated earlier in the year.
"We have no water restrictions in Salt Lake City and should have adequate supply for the district as well," he said. "The projections we made in February seem to be working so far."
In the original projections, it was thought that the light snowpack would prevent Deer Creek Reservoir from filling even if summer rainfall was normal. Despite drier than average weather, the reservoir has been able to operate at full capacity of 33,000 acre-feet.
"Without the Deer Creek project we would have had a total disaster this year," said Sefakis. "We are seeing the benefits of the prudence of the planners today, which proves the key to a water supply is good management."