Cache County ranks high for water use, but for good reason

A recent study determined that in 2005 Cache County used more water than any other county in Utah. This evaluation of water use was done under the direction of the Division of Water Resources with the State of Utah to understand the conservation of water occurring in the State. “The source of supply and the availability in the source of supply has a lot to do with the amount of water that is used by residents of municipalities here in Cache County. Also, one of the factors, is the rate schedule,” said County Water Manager Bob Fotheringham. “If you have a lot of water to distribute in a municipality then your rate schedule will probably be adjusted so that water can be used by the residents. If your source of supply doesn’t have an abundance of water in it you would create a rate schedule so that you could manage the water that you had available.” Fotheringham contends in 2005 Cache County used more water than any other county because it had more water than any other county. “That’s right,” he said, “and if you can create a rate structure that will allow that water to be used, then that’s what you do.” Sources of water for municipalities are usually springs near the mouths of canyons. “Logan City has a great source of supply in DeWitt Springs and Hyde Park and Smithfield have sources in the canyons to the east. That’s usually the base flow that’s available to municipalities to distribute,” said Fotheringham. He said the public is aware of the importance of water conservation. “There is great concern now about storm water discharge and water quality issues. So, water conservation has an impact on not only water quantity but water quality. Fotheringham said because of the landslide on Logan’s Canyon Road he expects there will be some canal safety legislation proposed to lessen the risk of loss of life and property due to an incident involving canals.

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