'Free' secondary water could soon end
Tuesday , August 27, 2013 - 4:31 PM
Every week there is another letter to the editor complaining about excess lawn watering and watering during restricted hours. Such activity is going to be a thing of the past after the first real water emergency. A trip to Pineview, or a hike up Beus Canyon shows that may not be far off. Pineview is lower than I have ever seen it, and Beus creek looks like it may dry up before summer is over, which would be the first time that happened in the 15 years I’ve lived here.
The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District is currently positioning themselves to get control of the situation. Recently, they installed a secondary water meter at my property as part of a pilot project, and began sending me monthly reports of my secondary water usage. I called them to discuss my report because it showed excessive water use, partly because of a leak under my driveway. During the discussion, if became obvious that the meter data they collect consists not only of the total usage for the month, but also provides an hour-by-hour summary. That proved very useful in determining the size of my driveway leak, but you can also see that if they wanted to enforce watering hours, or bill for water usage, the data would permit that as well. I predict it will only be a matter of time before secondary water meters are universal and we are all billed for usage. I’d encourage everyone to start thinking about conservation now. One thing you can do is to contact Weber Basin for a free water check. They will evaluate your lawn’s needs based on your actual sprinkler system performance and soil type and give you recommendations for the most efficient watering. I did, and found the results of the check to be very helpful.