UTAH DROUGHT

Ogden Valley to get $5.5 million to help conserve and reuse water

Dec 16, 2022, 10:00 AM | Updated: 10:37 am

Sprinkler watering lawn pictured, ogden water system will get an update...

The new sewer and drill aims to help Ogden's effort to conserve and reuse water. (Laura Seitz/Deseret News)

(Laura Seitz/Deseret News)

EDEN, Utah — Water usage continues to be an issue across the state, and now Ogden Valley is making an effort to reuse and conserve it. 

The Wolf Creek Water and Sewer Improvement District is looking at $5.5 million to upgrade sewer systems and drill a new well for the Eden area.

Weber County Commissioners gave the green light to upgrade the system.

The upgrade includes a storage pond to conserve water treated in the colder seasons to use during the irrigation season.

The new culinary well will serve the existing 380 plots in the Wolf Creek area, previously stalled by the moratorium.

Wolf Creek Water General Manager, Rob Thomas, said landowners looking to develop in the area outside of the existing plots will have to bring water from other areas.

“Water is getting very hard to come by in this valley,” said Thomas. “Being able to drill a well and be successful in finding water, number one. And then number two, not impacting a neighboring source is getting harder and harder to do.”

 Thomas said they’re looking forward to doing their part in protecting the valley’s resources.

“Because it’s not only drinking water that’s scarce in this valley but also irrigation water as well.”

Residents outside of the Ogden Valley don’t need to worry about tax increases or fees, only those who connect to the water supply will be affected by maintenance and impact fees. The project is set to be completed by the end of 2023.

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Ogden Valley to get $5.5 million to help conserve and reuse water