Public Works Update

Secondary Water Shortage / Drought
Utah is in a state of drought for outdoor watering. This is a result of limited precipitation last year, which caused low water levels in the mountain reservoirs. Due to the limited supply of secondary water, a drought reduction has been issued from water suppliers that will affect water users throughout Weber and Davis Counties. The total reduction is about 45% less than last year. The Governor has issued a State of Emergency due to drought conditions. The city council passed a resolution on April 13th, encouraging water conservation and implementing the following water restrictions:

Section 1. Watering Restrictions. Pursuant to Section 4.25.130 of the Syracuse Municipal Code, the following restrictions are effective during the entire 2021 watering season:

A. No residential or other customer watering during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
B. No excess water from irrigation that allows water to pool onto neighboring properties, streets, or storm drains.
C. Customers are required to repair any known leaks within fifteen days of notification.
D. Water conservation plans for large-area properties shall be filed and followed.
E. This resolution does not supersede the exceptions identified in subsection 4.25.130(F) related to establishing new landscaping, spot-watering, and use for diagnostics and maintenance of irrigation systems.

Please be mindful of water conservation and eliminate overuse. Excess water runs into the storm drain or infiltrates into land drains underground that is not recaptured into the system. Provide only the water your landscape requires. Check timers and turn off systems when possible, adapting to the weather conditions. Enforcement of wasteful watering will occur.

Under emergency action, the city council delayed the secondary water season for Syracuse to begin May 1 and end Oct 1. The council understands this might be an unpopular decision but felt it would be the best course of action to get residents through the hotter/drier summer months. Check our website for further updates or restrictions. Please help in being good stewards in our limited water supply.

Here are some useful links and resources:

Environmental-Pool and spa care:
• Store pool and spa chemicals in a manner that will prevent leaks and spills, preferably in a covered enclosure and out of reach of children and pets.
• Avoid copper-based algaecides such as copper sulfate. At a concentration that is a mild irritant to humans, it is fatal to fish and other aquatic wildlife.
• Drain only when chlorine levels are very low and not detected by a chlorine test kit (less than 0.019 mg/L).
• Reuse water for landscaping areas whenever possible and avoid allowing the water to drain on neighboring properties.
• Drain only clean pool water. If it’s not safe for your yard, then it’s not safe to go down a storm drain.
• Any water that goes into a storm drain is not treated. Any pollution entering the storm drain makes the waterways unsafe for people and wildlife.

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