Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 30, 2015
Settlement Canyon water will be turned on with restrictions

With water in extremely limited supply this year, the Settlement Canyon Irrigation Company has decided to implement water-use restrictions on Saturday’s opening day.

Gary Bevan, irrigation company president, said the reservoir is currently five feet below its springtime level last year. And there is little evidence that the situation will change in the near future.

State water experts warned irrigation companies that warm spring weather could cause the runoff season to begin as much as a month early, Bevan said. Normally, the reservoir in Settlement Canyon begins collecting runoff around May 26, which had Bevan expecting runoff would arrive in late April.

But the company has yet to see any runoff come down Settlement Canyon this year, and the snow that accumulated in last week’s substantial storm has already disappeared.

“It’s just going to be a tough year, and people are just going to have to conserve or we won’t make it,” Bevan said.

To conserve water, the irrigation company has already implemented a watering schedule for irrigation water users.  For residential users, the schedule is as follows:

• Even numbered homes located east of Main Street and south of 200 South will water on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-10 a.m.

• Odd numbered homes located east of Main Street and south of 200 South will water on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5-8 p.m.

• Even numbered homes located east of Main Street and north of 200 South will water on Mondays and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.

• Odd numbered homes located east of Main Street and north of 200 South will water on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7-10 a.m.

• Even numbered homes located west of Main Street and south of Vine Street will water on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-10 a.m.

• Odd numbered homes located west of Main Street and south of Vine Street will water on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5-8 p.m.

• Even numbered homes located west of Main Street and north of Vine Street will water on Mondays and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.

• Odd numbered homes located west of Main Street and north of Vine Street will water on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7-10 a.m.

Farm properties on irrigation water may water from 8 p.m  to 7 a.m., Monday through Thursday.

There is no weekend watering permitted for residential or farm users.

Schools, churches, health care facilities and public parks are all on their own watering schedules.

Bevan said the irrigation company will have patrols monitoring water use this summer. Those caught violating the water use regulations will receive one warning; subsequent violations will result in termination of irrigation water for the season.

Because of the reservoir will likely run out of water before the end of the season, Bevan advised gardeners to plant crops that will mature early this year in case there is no water available for later crops. He also suggested employing drip irrigation or similar methods to further conserve water. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

One thought on “Settlement Canyon water will be turned on with restrictions

  1. Noticed 4 people already running irrigation water on my block alone I turned off the valves myself on 2 of them people don’t always see the paper or Facebook door to door notices might be warranted

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