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Right now there is a heavy focus on irrigation, water availability and conservation. Benchland Water District (which serves southwest Kaysville with secondary water) has seen usage increases because of both continued growth and extreme temperatures this summer. This increased use and decreased supply have led to the district having to impose restrictions and levy penalties for violations. Initial estimates were that the restrictions and conservation by residents would help the district maintain a supply to near the end of the season. However, since enacting the restrictions, Benchland has seen an overall increase of nearly 25% in the amount of water the system is using, with many people still watering during restricted hours. Perhaps this is due to continued hot temperatures, or perhaps it is a reaction by individuals to try and get as much water on their yards and gardens before supply decreases even more. Regardless, the situation is dire, and behaviors and attitudes have to change. Not just for those in Benchland’s boundaries, and not just for this summer, but across the board.
As demand will continue to increase, and supply is often unreliable, many residents and water districts are looking toward more sustainable options for yards and gardens. Terms like “xeriscaping” and “localscaping” are gaining a lot of traction for their decreased dependency on water. Weber Basin Water Conservancy District (who supplies most all of the secondary/irrigation water for Davis County) has a “Learning Garden” for people to visit and look at alternatives for plant life, watering schedules, high efficiency sprinkler systems etc. More information for the learning garden and Weber Basin’s efforts and rebates can be found at goo.gl/5fhBmX. In addition, the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District has an emphasis on “localscaping”, which can be found at https://localscapes.com.
While secondary/irrigation and landscaping are being discussed heavily, not much is being said yet about culinary water. Culinary water is water that has undergone additional filtration and treatment to meet State requirements for human consumption. Kaysville City has the unique ability to say that almost all of the City has access to pressurized secondary/irrigation water, and as a result, there is very little requirement for and use of culinary water for irrigation. In fact, according to Kaysville City ordinance 9-4-15, it is prohibited to use culinary water for irrigation. The ordinance allows for very few exceptions, and they are rare. This may seem like overkill, but the reason that the ordinance exists is to safe guard the water supply from opportunities where simple contaminants can backflow into the system and spread to other users in the system. This compromising of the system has the very real ability to effect the health and wellness of the population. Kaysville Public Works is continually monitoring the system, but with the restrictions from Benchland, Kaysville City will increase its monitoring to identify and remedy violations for the unauthorized use of culinary for irrigation.
If you have any questions, concerns or notice anyone using culinary for irrigation, please stop in to the City Operations Center at 721 W Old Mill Ln or call us at 801-544-8112.