CENTERVILLE -- The sporadic skiffs of water -- similar to the way a parking lot looks after a rainstorm -- have been forming daily in the Centerville Library Branch parking lot. And, quite frankly, they are a mystery to Davis County officials.
"It's odd. We have had everyone we can think of out there looking at it," Davis County Library Director Chris Sanford said of the water splotches and trickles that seem immune to evaporation, despite the summer heat.
"We noticed it a couple of months ago. At first we thought it was weather-related," Sanford said.
Then, when that proved to not be the case, county staff inspected the area to be certain the water skiffs were not a result of some wayward sprinklers.
No such luck.
So now, the mysterious water marks have forced curious county officials to take aggressive measures.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission, at Sanford's request, approved a $3,200 contract with Summit Engineering Services of South Salt Lake to perform a geotechnical soil study in hopes of finding out where the water is coming from.
"It's time for an expert to come in and do that analysis for us. No one can come up with a good explanation," she said.
Sanford said county facilities staff have already determined the water pooling in the parking lot is not culinary water.
So, it is underground that they will look.
Possibly related to the water splotches, Sanford said, she has also noticed that the seven-year-old library parking lot is experiencing "some extraordinary deterioration."
And while it may be the city of Centerville's responsibility to maintain the landscape surrounding the relatively new county library branch at 45 S. 400 West, maintaining the library parking lot is the responsibility of the county, Sanford said.
"We need to find out what is happening there," Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn said.
Most of the noticeable water splotches and trickles have been found on the west side of the parking lot. Sanford said, "It is kind of a mystery for us. We are all a little curious."