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What is the current watering schedule?

Odd numbered houses and businesses: Mo-We-Fr
Even numbered houses and businesses: Tu-Th-Sa
Sundays: City and School District

Why do I see the City and others watering on Sundays?

In order to keep our system balanced, we is better to have some water usage on Sundays. We don’t allow residential or businesses to water, but allow some of the larger users (City and School District) to use the water.

Why does it seem that the City waters every day of the week?

Because of the size of some parks and the cemetery, the City will water a different part of the park and cemetery each day. While it may appear that the same piece of grass is being watered each day, it is actually watering the same piece of grass about once a week.

What are the watering violations that could result in a fine?

1. Watering on the wrong day
2. Wasting water
    a. Overwatering- Keeping sprinklers on too long
    b. Watering while it is raining
3. Watering on Sunday

What are the penalties for a watering violation?

First offense: Warning
Second offense: Disconnection from the secondary water system and $50 reconnect fee
Third offense: Disconnection from secondary water system and $200 reconnect fee
Reconnecting after shutoff: If property owner reconnects themselves to the secondary water system after being shut off by the City, a $500 penalty will be enacted in addition to any criminal action may be enforced.

What is the recommended watering time for my lawn?

Please use the following link to ascertain what the recommended watering time is. It varies on a weekly basis depending on the weather:

http://www.conservewater.utah.gov/guide.html

I was told that when the secondary water system went in that I’d be able to use all the water I wanted to and that the price wouldn’t go up.

We’ve heard a few residents make this comment. While I can’t speak to what was said in the past, our reality is that (1) we have a limited resource when it comes to water so we don’t have the luxury of allowing everyone to use as much as they want and (2) an analysis of the secondary water rates was done in 2010 that showed if there wasn’t a rate increase the water fund would be bankrupt in a couple of years. Therefore corresponding rate increases were put in to make sure the water fund stayed solvent.

How much water does the City have?

The City has water rights for enough water to operate the system each year. Depending on the amount of snow in the mountains determines how many of these water rights we are allowed to exercise. On a good snow year we are able to exercise 100% of our water rights if needed. In a drought year, we are allocated a portion of our water rights because their simply isn’t enough physical water to exercise all the water rights. For this reason a watering schedule is put into place to help conserve that water.

If the residents can water as much as they want on their allotted days, then are we really conserving water?

We are asking each citizen to limit their water usage on the days they are allowed to water. It defeats the purpose of conservation if our citizens have the attitude that they will overwater on the days they are allowed to water. Overwatering is a violation of our ordinance and subject to a citation. This really is a community effort to work together to conserve water.

Are we currently in a drought?

This is the third straight year that we aren’t receiving our full water allotment. Therefore we are asking residents to conserve water wherever possible. The City has enough water to last throughout this whole year if we have cooperation on conservancy. If we continue to run our sprinklers longer than we need to or water during a rainstorm, then we run the risk of not having enough water to last the whole year.

We got all this rain in May. Is the drought over?

The rain in May was heaven sent this year. It doesn’t signal the end of the drought because it wasn’t able to be stored as snow pack. The drought is really based on the amount of snow pack we get during the winter. The positive that the rain provided was that we used a small amount of our stored water during that month which helps with availability at the end of the year. But even with the rain we can’t be less diligent on water conservation.

What if my neighbor is watering too much or on the wrong days?

Please contact our Public Works Department at (801) 785-2941 and we will investigate it. You can remain anonymous throughout the process.

Why does the City allow more development when we have a water shortage?

Each new development is required to deed the amount of water their new development will use to the City.

Why isn’t secondary water metered?

At this point the secondary water system hasn’t been metered. When the system was installed, the technology for secondary water meters was lacking. The technology is much better now and putting in secondary water meters in now an option for consideration. The hold back at this point is the capital cost of installing the meters. It will cost $5.5M in order to install secondary water meters in the city. Right now, there isn’t a budget allocation for the installation of the meters.

Would we save water if we metered secondary water?

Before secondary water meters were installed, residents had to use culinary water to irrigate their lawns. This culinary water was metered. When the water was metered the usage was 3 gallons per minute per acre in the city. Now that the secondary water isn’t metered our usage has gone up to 7.5 gallons per minute per acre. That number shows that if secondary water was metered, we’d see a more concerted effort for residents to conserve water.

Use of Secondary Water

 

The City will start filling the secondary water system around April 11th. This process generally takes a few weeks to get all of the air out of the system and begin properly providing water. Everyone is being asked to wait until May 1st to start watering. The following is the recommended watering procedure:

 

  1. Please check your valve to make sure that is has been turned off from the winter months.
  2. Open your valve slowly to check for leaks and broken pipes.
  3. If you have a broken pipe it was most likely frozen throughout the winter months.

 

Due to the ongoing drought we will continue this year with a watering schedule. If your house number is odd your watering days are Mon., Wed., and Fri. If your house number is even your watering days are Tues., Thurs., and Sat. We will be monitoring water usage for noncompliance to watering days and wasting water again this year. Compliance officers will be working around the clock. Please adhere to your days and conserve where you can.


 

Pleasant Grove Public Safety Building Committee Update

 

The Public Safety Building Committee (PSBC) has been working together for about the past 9 months to come up with a solution that will take care of the needs of the public safety employees as well as the citizens. During this time the PSBC have come up with about 7 different ideas of where and how to obtain new buildings. The ideas basically revolve around two possible sites: the pipe plant and the downtown block (where the old rec center sits). In November, we recommended the city council hire an architectural firm to see if there was a major price different between the two sites we’ve discussed, the pipe plant and down town. The findings came back that there isn’t a major discrepancy between the two sites. Please note we do NOT have any final or concrete numbers for cost. We are not there yet.

 

  1. Fire station at the pipe plant with the police/courts/dispatch (PD) downtown
  2. Fire station and PD at the pipe plant in two separate buildings
  3. Fire station and PD downtown in two buildings (taking up where the old recreation center is as well as the current fire station)
  4. Everything at the pipe plant in one building
  5. Everything downtown in one building
  6. Fire station at the pipe plant and the PD remodeled (and doubled in size)
  7. Fire station downtown and PD remodeled

 

A note of interest, we are also aware of the needs of the city employees that work for community development as well as in the city offices. We are taking those job spaces into consideration. We know that as buildings are demolished or remodeled those offices will need to be accounted for. Another note, we have unanimously realized that the fire station cannot be remodeled due to the space needed for the apparatus to move out of the building without going into the street (Chief Thomas would be happy to meet with any citizen who would like to have that explained). We have not determined if a remodel or new build would be best and most cost efficient for the PD.

 

Last night, in our most recent meeting, we narrowed the list down to three ideas (see #1, 3, & 6 above). Some of the ideas that have guided our decisions are to preserve the citizen’s money and only spend what’s needed for the level of service we desire, to preserve green space, and to preserve historical buildings. If the fire station is built downtown it would most likely be where the old recreation center now sits. If the PD was to be a new build it would most likely be where the fire station currently sits, or possibly north of the current PD. The pipe plant property would have the fire station sit on the North West corner, facing 600 West. We have discussed the emotional value of old buildings, having PSBs where they’ve always been and weighing that with cost and service.

We would love to have citizen feedback. Feel free to contact any member of the PSB committee. If you want to send a letter or email into Scott Darrington (), he can forward it to all of us. The city council has been supportive of our choices and decisions, but not directly involved, so contacting them if fine, but might not get you the answers you desire. However, they can also forward emails to us. Also, the committee members are going to submit letters or notes as to why each voted as they did. Those will be attached to this site.



 


 

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