considers reducing water shares requirement
Ryan M. Monk
October 23, 2006 | HYRUM -- The City Council held a
public hearing considering reducing the city required
water shares from 3 acre-feet per acre to 2 acre-feet.
Contract City Engineer Craig Neeley said the city
should not look at the past agricultural use has been
and look to the future of its full potential based on
its zone designation. He warned that a move to 2 acre-feet
per acre could leave the city short of water.
Hyrum resident Bruce Savage pointed out many farmers
are now using sprinkler irrigation rather than the older
system of flood irrigation.
"Flood irrigation uses at least two to three times
as much water as sprinkling," he said.
Bart Baird said, "It's always better when supply is
bigger than demand," urging the council not to lower
the shares so the city wont be "just getting by."
Mayor Dean Howard wants sufficient water to sustain
growth throughout Hyrum. "I don't think the price of
water is going down," he said, every opportunity we
have to purchase water we take.
The council did just that later in meeting by buying
water stock totaling in $50,000 in a separate consideration.