With the water system set for an end-of-season shutdown Friday, Grantsville Irrigation Company has encouraged users to clear up overages on their meters before fees are posted.
Grantsville Irrigation water users who exceeded their allotted shares this summer could be fined for overages if they do not pay for additional shares before the shut off, said Watermaster Lynn Taylor. Overages cost the company an estimated $35,000 last year, he said.
Users who do not clear up overages before the end of the season will be assessed fees on top of the costs of the additional water use.
“A lot of people don’t keep track of what their meters are doing, and they get penalized for it,” said Taylor.
It’s too early to tell how many users exceeded their allotments this summer, but he suspected there could be a good number because of the dry summer weather. Additionally, the meters, the last of which were installed this year, are new to residential users who may not be accustomed to monitoring their use.
“People are just learning what they’re using, because they’ve never had meters before,” said Taylor. However, he expects many users will have learned to keep better track of their use after paying the fines last year.
Despite the potential overuse, the watermaster said the reservoir came out of the season with water levels just slightly below normal for this time of year. Whether the reservoir will catch up over the recharge season remains to be seen. October’s weather so far has been promising, Taylor said, but next summer’s water supply is heavily dependent on this winter’s snowpack.
The company would also like to remind users to leave their valves open during the winter to prevent their meters from freezing.