ECC residents advised to postpone watering
East Carbon residents have been told to keep their outside water turned off, as the city council is doing everything possible to save on water. Citing the Grassy Trail Reservoir's low level and continuing dry weather, the council decided ask residents to wait for April or May to begin any type of outside watering.
The council has been working on the city's water issues for some time, seeking funding from public bodies and using their own funds since 2011 to patch and replace the system which transmits drinking water to the city's residents.
In August of 2013, East Carbon received funding from the Utah Permanent Community Impact Board to address issues with the reservoir's diversion #2. The $300,000 grant provided by the CIB allowed work to be done to this portion of the transmission line which is now providing the city with an additional 30 gallons per minute.
While 30 gpm isn't a massive amount of water, it is important in an area facing serious problems with drought.
The Grassy Trail Reservoir is currently 98 inches below the spillway, according to East Carbon council member David Avery.
"We're that far below spillway at a time when we are usually letting water out of the lake," he said at the council's March 19 meeting. "It is important that we continue to address this issue."
To do so, council member David Maggio has secured funding to further patch the line at diversions #3 and #4.
Repairs at these points will allow the city to collect and secure water which would be absorbed by the arid Castle Country Soil otherwise.
While the picture does appear bleak, there have been improvement and actions which have already began to pay dividends for the East Carbon water supply.
The diversion #2 project is complete and saving water, Sunnyside Co-Generation has significantly cut the amount of culinary water they are pulling into their plant, and the council is working on measures to ensure that residents don't overuse outdoor water.
According to the council, residents should be allowed to turn on their outside supply sometime between April and May. However, there most likely will be restrictions on how outdoor water is used even when the residents are allowed to turn it on.
The council will be meeting again this week to further discuss water issues as well as how the city plans to deal with its public areas this summer.