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PRWID Board Reviews Winter Watering Project

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Board members for Price River Water Improvement District reviewed the status of the winter water project on Tuesday.

Project plans were originally passed by the PRWID board in the summer of 2005, with work beginning later in the year.

The project allows residents in the Castle Valley to use water during the winter that would normally flow through canals in warmer months.

District manager Phil Palmer reported to members of the board at the June 20 meeting that the project was completed in spring 2006. PRWID will take over the operation and stewardship of the water lines in the near future.

"All the information we had requested on the permits ... will be prepared and delivered this week," said Palmer.

The PRWID manager explained that, once the district receives the facility deeds and necessary paperwork, the staff will review the documents and present them to the board for final review.

One of the concerns raised by board members regarding PRWID accepting responsibility relates to the date from which the district will take over the responsibility of the lines.

Specifically, Palmer told board members that he had negotiated a takeover date for the district with the United States Bureau of Reclamation and the contractor who performed the work.

The date was set to retroactively go into effect on March 15 .

Board member Tom Matthews said he felt uncomfortable with the March date. He said it would be more appropriate if the date was adjusted to the same date as the final inspection by the district.

If the district is going to be retroactively responsible for the lines, Matthews said the date should reflect the completion of inspections.

He continued by explaining that the inspection dates have been used in other projects which the district has assumed into its responsibility.

The date has to be accepted by both parties and begins a one year warranty period on the project.

Matthews pointed out that if the district can push the date past March 15, it can allow for more settling to occur during the warranty period and help protect the interests of the district.

As of Tuesday's meeting, the exact date was still unknown.

PRWID staff members suggested that the date was likely about six weeks ago, but the inspection logs would give the exact date of the final review of the work.

The board voted to set the date for PRWID to take over the project as indicated on the inspections.

The decision must go back to other interested parties in the agreement for approval and possible negotiations before it is approved.

The district has yet to approve the final agreements of the takeover and negotiations could change any portion of the agreements.

In an unrelated matter, the board responded to concerns regarding a proposed subdivision for residential construction in the Carbonville area.

Jeff Spainhower appeared previously before the board and received approval from PRWID regarding the Ballpark subdivision.

However, due to a change in the requirements relating to PRWID's services, the county planning commission asked Spainhower to again appear before the water district board to ensure that the proposed subdivision will meet the new requirements.

The board found no problems with the plans as presented by Spainhower and forwarded a favorable preliminary approval of the plans to the county.

The water district board will need to make a final review of the plan once they are completed before final approval can be granted.

And while the subdivision received approval almost without question, PRWID assistant manager Jeff Richens addressed related concerns in the Carbonville area. He said that some residents had complained about water pressure in that area of the county. PRWID can supply water into Carbonville at any one of three different points.

"There is adequate pressure and volume in Carbonville," said Richens.

Part of the problem is that a number of water lines in the area are dead end lines. Normally, the district tries to connect water mains back into the system. By looping back into the system, water flow can remain constant through the line and pressure variances are reduced.

Richens explained that until some of the lines can be looped back into the water system, some of the concerns related to water service will remain unresolved. He later said the district has contacted two property owners in the area and attempted to resolve the issue.

Richens indicated that part of the resolution of issues related to pressure and flow in Carbonville rest on the outcome of those discussed.

Steve Tanner, a resident of the Carbonville area, expressed concern regarding the requirements for water flow as the guidelines relate to fire controls.

Tanner explained that the state standard for water flow is 1,000 gallons per minute. However, the county has been using a standard of 500 gallons per minute.

Richens pointed out to the board that the county is given the option of setting an alternative minimum standard. The county set a standard based on the amount of water that can be pumped by trucks in the county and other fire control factors.

Based on the size and number of buildings in the county, fire departments in the county have a standard lower than 1,000 gallons per minute when it comes to the amount of water that can be pumped by the truck.

The county has adopted a 500 gallons per minute standard that is reflective of the pumping requirements of the fire departments and other factors relating to fire control.

The board dismissed the concerns expressed by Tanner, noting that the water district met the standards on the area.

Board members noted that attorneys for PRWID had reviewed the matter and had given an opinion that meeting the county standard would be sufficient.

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