Kays Creek Irrigation Board Meeting
Layton City Engineering Conference Room
Weber Basin’s Report – compare 2017 to 2018. So far we have used 614 acre feet. That leaves us with 1386 acre feet for the remainder of the year. Every year we build up a reserve from South Fork and Middle Fork. In 2017 our reserve was high because of the snow pack. This year we do not have the reserves coming in. Middle Fork did not provide any water for Kays Creek in July. The concern is that we will be out of water before October 15. Water that we bank from previous years does not carry over. Should we send a letter out to the shareholders to ask them to cut back?
Steve: The city has found that if you send out a letter, people actually use more. They tend to double up on days when they can water. We can send out a notice with links to a watering guide, information on free sprinkler checks from Weber Basin, and the fact that when the water is gone, we are done.
Joe: What happens next year if we have a bad winter? How can we create understanding and awareness?
Steve: Weber Basin has a drought awareness plan that they will put into place if we have a bad winter.
Clark: We should utilize some of the information from the Weber Basin Water report to help educate the shareholders.
Joanna: Do we write a letter or make a postcard? A postcard would be cheaper.
Steve: If you use a postcard you can refer people to the website for more information.
Postcards with information about our current water situation will be sent out.
Work on Gordon continues. We are replacing service laterals, the old galvanized lines on Gordon Avenue.
Scott met with Senator Anderegg who wanted each home to have a water meter in 5 years. Each company would be responsible for the meters and it would cost Kays Creek $5 million. He met with 30 different companies about the impact of metering homes. They are proposing some financial help for the companies. Eventually the state will require metering. The meters have a radio in them, but towers have to be put up in order to catch the signal. Weber Basin said they could help with that because they have towers. Weber Basin has seen a 40% reduction in water waste where homes are metered.
Bubblers for Andy Adams have been approved. We will put in 3 bubblers which will help with the smell and with the iron hopefully. The bubblers will circulate the water. We have traded service with Rocky Mountain Power to cut costs.
A new certificate will be issued to the Martel Green family to address an issue of incorrect information on their share certificate.
The city is doing a new tiered rate-structure for water. If a home has access to secondary water and the homeowners don’t use it, homeowners will pay more for their culinary water. This is to encourage secondary water use and reduce the drain on the City’s culinary water supply.
A detailed financial report was done for the city. The connection fees that come to the company are critical to our success as we do not raise enough money invoicing for water to pay for all costs and plan for future repairs or emergencies. Connection fees, however are not a source of continuous or steady revenue. Once the build out of neighborhoods in our water district is done, that revenue source dries up. Rates may need to be raised in the future. We will need to continually monitor costs. The city’s plan could also address this issue.
Bart Hyde was successfully able to get water in the Kays Creek ditch from Davis and Weber. A meeting for the neighbors on Church could be a possibility in order to raise awareness of how water could be brought to them in the future. Each homeowner would have to pay for a connection fee however.
Meeting ended at 5:09pm