Riverton City Council Approves Re-Open of Secondary Water

The Riverton City Council approved the return of secondary water during an emergency meeting held in the Council Chambers at 12:00 today.
The secondary system was originally shut down on Saturday, July 16, as a precautionary effort in response to a large, potentially harmful algal bloom which lead to the closure of Utah Lake, as well as several advisories from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

City Council Members heard a presentation from representatives of the Salt Lake County Health Department, including the Director of the Environmental Health Division, Dr. Royal P. Delegge, Bureau Director of Water Quality Teresa Gray, and S&S Division Director Dale Keller. After receiving information and data they voted unanimously to re-open the secondary system.

As of this afternoon water has been ordered from the canal companies and the process to re-open the system has begun.

To help ensure that the secondary water system can be fully pressurized and best serve the community in the fastest possible way, the City is asking residents to cooperate in the following ways:
  1. Turn your secondary water ball valve to the off position and keep secondary water turned off for the next five days. This step will help more citizens receive the water pressure they need throughout the entire City. This will also help stop potential flooding when water re-enters the system.
  2. If you have started or completed any modifications affecting your culinary water system, your system MUST be inspected immediately. City backflow technicians will be available throughout the holiday weekend to provide assistance and can be reached by calling: (801) 208-3112 or (801) 386-3993.
Emergency water assistance is also available as needed by calling: (801) 254-0704. Residents are also welcome to call Mayor Bill Applegarth with questions or concerns at (801) 520-9947.

All cautionary statements, advisories, and recommendations from the DEQ, Division of Water Quality (DWQ), Utah Emergency Management, State and County Health Departments, and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) should be observed.

Riverton City will continue sharing all updates and advisories from the DEQ, as they are received.

Click here for DEQ daily Updates: Note that DEQ guidelines and advisories are continually updated.  To ensure you receive the most up-to-date information, review their website frequently.