East Carbon will try an even-odd approach for outside watering
Opting for water conservation rather than complete restriction, the East Carbon City Council voted last week to allow for limited outdoor watering on given days at given times.
According to East Carbon City Mayor Doug Parsons, homes with even numbered addresses will be allowed to water on even numbered days of the month, odd addresses may water on odd days. The residents will be allowed to use outdoor water until 9 a.m. every morning and after 7 p.m. every evening. This schedule is to begin immediately.
"This is a water conservation awareness program," said Parsons. "We are facing a serious situation at our reservoir and hope our residents be careful with their water use."
According to the city's maintenance department, the Grassy Trail Reservoir is hovering at 90 inches below the spillway at a time of the year when water usually is spilling over into the creek. Repair work at Grassy Trail's Diversion #2 has added approximately 30 gallons per minute to the area's water intake but that doesn't make up for what was lost during several dry winters.
Dry weather plagued the whole of the Castle Country last year, as Scofield Reservoir is also low, causing water issues throughout Carbon County.
According to Parsons, although the council has decided to allow for outdoor watering, there are many steps they hope residents will take to help with conservation.
He encouraged citizens to make landscaping choices that will require less water but he also stated that there was no need for residents to completely xeriscape their property this summer.
Homeowners can choose plants that require less water, as most retailers offer information about moisture needs directly on the products they sell. Driveways and cement pads can be cleaned with brooms instead of water and vehicles can be washed on the lawn.
Those interested in additional water saving tips can go online to a number of sites that specialize in conservation.
Keeping it clean
In addition to the water issues, the council voted to make East Carbon Police Officer Shawn Sackett the area's compliance officer. Sackett recently returned from compliance training in Wendover where he was schooled in the best ways to enforce city ordinances.
Starting on May 1, East Carbon City will begin an area wide clean up program to beautify the town and make its properties safer. On June 1, Sackett will begin citing residents who have not addressed issues on their property. This citation will include a summons to appear before town magistrate, the honorable Linda Murdock.
"We want this program to be a success," said Parsons. "We want to encourage residents to get out there and make the city clean.
To help residents make that happen, the city is providing its dump truck to anyone in need. Arrangements to use the truck must be made at city hall before the dumper is brought to their property at 8 a.m. East Carbon City employees will then return at 4 p.m. to haul away any debris that has been loaded into the truck.
The first load will come at no charge, additional loads will include a fee.
Parsons commented about some of the things residents can do to keep from getting a ticket in June.
Weeds need to be kept down, he said. Junked cars and other debris should be removed from the yard and home owners should attempt to keep a clean overall appearance on their property by removing garbage and other things that aren't being used.
"Those who have specific questions can contact Officer Sackett, or council members Karla Young or Bruce Andrews, as they have been put in charge of the project," said Parsons. "This issue is always brought up by our residents and we are addressing it."
Recreation is also a priority for the new East Carbon City and they have embraced the area's new Unplugged program. The project which was brought to the area by Price city, encourages children to participate in specific activities to earn Unplugged badges.
The exercise advocacy campaign has targeted East Carbon for a number the tags. Once registered, young people can earn the custom badges by participating in challenges, such as Big Horn Sheep watching, which can only be done in East Carbon.
To keep the area's BMX track going and safe, Parsons explained that the city will be taking down the track's announcer's stand and halving the size of the tract to make it more manageable for area maintenance employees. The extra space will be used to additional structures at the Viking Park, said Parsons.