State Engineer's Office Keeps Utah Lake Open for Secondary Use

At a meeting today convened by the Board of Canal Presidents, the Utah State Engineer’s office announced that it would not order any restriction in water flows from Utah Lake to the Jordan River, or any of the canals which flow through Salt Lake County. The State Engineer advised the Board of Canal Presidents to find solutions which keep canals flowing. The outcome of this meeting was to reach an exchange agreement with water rights holders under the Central Utah Project, which enables the canal operators to utilize water stored for the Project in Utah Lake. The result: canal operators in Salt Lake County will continue to deliver water to Riverton City, even though its secondary water shares are gone. The canal managers will continue to operate only to the extent they can. They cannot guarantee the canals will continue to flow for the remainder of the irrigation system.

What you can do.

Voluntary conservation will cause a corresponding decrease in the amount of water which is drawn from Utah Lake into the canals. Decreasing water drawn from Utah Lake could prolong the number of days which the canals can continue to supply water to Riverton City during the 2016 irrigation season. Currently, the best case scenario is to keep the canals in operation until October 1, 2016. To keep secondary water operating as long as possible, voluntary conservation is required.

As a result of the outcome from this morning’s meeting, the City Council meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled. Discussion with City Council Members will continue regarding improved conservation methods for the City and how our community can work together to more effectively manage our secondary water supply.