MORGAN -- Keeping grass green is proving to be a problem for Mountain Green Elementary School. Despite being built in a new subdivision with secondary water, there's no irrigation water provided for the school.
The school district secured culinary water but there is no written agreement between the developer of the land and the district for secondary water use, Superintendent Ken Adams said.
"The school has not obtained irrigation water for outside use. They told us for years that they would provide irrigation shares," Cottonwoods subdivision developer Rulon Gardner said. "We are waiting patiently for the irrigation shares."
The district is now considering buying additional shares of secondary water from a private individual for possible use at the elementary school. A Weber Basin Water Conservancy-mandated water moratorium will likely discourage a quick resolution to water issues.
"For the past three years during the low-water season, Northwest (Water Company) has been kind enough to allow the district to divert some of their water into the Cottonwoods system to water the lawn," Adams said. "That water is now flowing and we have adequate water for the lawns."
"Northwest has been providing the school district with water for the past three years out of the kindness of their hearts," said Kevin Baggs, a member of the board of directors for the Northwest Water Company. "But there is a real concern for water in the area."
Much concern is focused on Mountain Green Secondary Water Company's inability to store large amounts of secondary water.
"There is plenty of water, but the peak uses of schools and residential irrigation will require storage reservoirs," Gardner said. "It's been a lengthy process, since we work with the state in processing our applications for storage facilities."
Gardner said a main storage reservoir will be built by next summer and a second large reservoir would be done by fall 2012.
"The major issue deals with no written agreement regarding water at the time of development, the present inability of Mountain Green Water Company to store water for a secondary system, and differences of opinion," Adams said.
In the meantime, Gardner and the Mountain Green Secondary Water Company are attempting to transfer water shares from the Northwest Water Company into the Mountain Green Secondary Water Company. If successful, the transfer would provide additional secondary water for the subdivision.
"Negotiations for water can be difficult," Adams said. "The district wants only to meet the needs of our grounds and the children who use them."