Water managers are urging special conservation this year.
Water reservoir storage on the Weber and Ogden Rivers is only at 58 percent this spring, as compared to 86 percent last year.
Snowpack is only at 62 percent of normal and runoff in streams is expected to be from 21 to 55 percent of normal.
The Davis and Weber Canal Company, which serves a portion of Layton City, has determined there will be water shortages this summer and will require all its users to cut back 25 percent on their use of water.
“We recommend watering twice a week for 20-30 minutes each time,” the Canal Company stated. “If we do not conserve voluntarily, it will become necessary to shut down the entire system for a period of days. Please conserve.”
The Kays Creek Irrigation Company, which serves some 1,900 customers on the east side of Layton City, is also urging conservation.
“We want to let people beware that snowpack is way down,” Scott Green, Kays Creek water manager, said. “If we can conserve 25 percent, we will be alright.”
He said the Kays Creek system came within 20 acre feet of running out of its total water allotment last summer. Even if the district can purchase extra water this year, if that happens, he said the cost is some $3,000 a day – something Kays Creek cannot afford.
Unless you are a farmer, do not water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Green said.
The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District will be waiting until mid-May before it decides on possible water restrictions.
“The snowpack was well below normal in the mountains, not like we experienced here along the Wasatch Front,” Scott W. Paxman, assistant general manager for Weber Basin, said. “We are hoping that these spring storms continue, which helps us in two ways – by reducing the need for water and by increasing our storage.”
The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District also offers a free water check program for residents, to aid in efficiency and conservation.
Sign up on-line for an appointment at: www.slowtheflow.org
Or, call 801-771-1677.