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Price explores options to curb irrigation costs

Sun Advocate publisher

During a July 23 presentation to the Price officials, councilman Richard Tatton outlined a concept that could save the city money in irrigation costs.

In Price, between one and one-half million and two million gallons of water are used daily, indicated Tatton.

And dish or bath water accounts for upward to 75 percent of the designated amount.

Tatton suggested working with sewage treatment facilities to design a method of extracting impurities and bacteria from the water. Then, it could be reused to water the grounds at the city's parks, cemeteries, the College of Eastern Utah and Carbon High School.

Adequate, available and affordable water has been a major concern for Price, pointed out the councilman.

"Successful efforts have been accomplished to provide for the needs of Price city's culinary use of water," explained Tatton. "New tanks, pipelines, upgraded supply systems and state of the art technology have all been utilized."

Installing a secondary system to supply water for irrigation within the city was brought up during the presentation.

In addition, the officials discussed developing a secondary system as a way to provide water to a majority of the large green areas in the city which require substantial irrigation.

Tatton pointed out that the water that is now being discarded as waste could easily be converted into irrigation quality usable water.

Tatton responded by stating that waste water when used correctly could actually save money whereas a secondary system may not.

"Discontinuance of culinary water on green areas would make better use of expensive treated water," explained Tatton. "The costs would be reduced to the taxpayers as well."

A committee was formed during the presentation and will review the proposal. The committee will work with the city's engineering department and report to the council next month.

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