Two Northern Utah water agencies have received federal funding to improve their small-scale water efficiency projects.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Thursday that it selected five projects in Utah to receive $371,691 in funding to assist with “upgrading water metering systems, optimizing efficiency of landscape irrigation systems, installing new water metering systems, and upgrading flow meters,” according to a news release.
Three projects were selected in Weber and Davis counties.
The Roy Water Conservancy District in Riverdale will receive $75,000 for its secondary water system metering project. The funds will be used to help the district “better mange its water supplies, and will promote conservation.”
In Layton, the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District was awarded $74,771 for its aqueduct turnout and secondary lateral metering projects. The funds will be used to install 12 magnetic flow meters, and to upgrade five existing flow meters on turnouts from the Davis and Weber Aqueducts.
“The project will improve the collection of water use data in an area that is growing rapidly and that is prone to drought and water shortages,” the news release said.
Weber Basin will receive another $74,884 for phase II of its potable water system metering project, which aims to upgrade 10 exiting flow meters to tie into the district’s current system. Twenty-five new magnetic flow meters will also be installed.
Funding for the projects comes from the Reclamation Bureau’s WaterSMART Program, which aims to improve water conservation and reliability.