By Rebecca Dopp
“I believe this is the first step in bringing water to Juab County.”
That was Byron Woodland’s response to a Memorandum of Understanding between Juab County, Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD) and the East Juab County Water Conservancy District (EJWCD) for the completion of a Regional M&I Water Supply Formulation Plan in conjunction with Southern Utah County.
This MOU is not a promise, he said, but it will provide for a plan to help with the amount of water the county needs and for future growth. It provides for the infrastructure needed to deliver the water and the costs associated. It will be presented to the communities for consideration.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he said. “I think this is actually the first signed document, other than a resolution, setting aside water in Utah Lake for 10,000 acre feet.”
CUWCD went from, two years ago, saying there wasn’t any water coming to Juab County, to saying there was now water coming in these first stages, he said.
Woodland, commissioner, said there was currently a 5 ft. diameter pipeline under construction from Santaquin. It will be treated water. How that water will be delivered to Juab County is still under consideration.
“I think there’s a very good chance we get some water from CUWCD,” he said.
He said he was appreciative of the moves the district had made to get more water for Juab County. EJWCD will provide a 1/4 of the funding ($50,000) for the plan while CUWCD provides the rest of the cost for the plan. If it goes over $250,000, CUWCD will pick up the rest.
Ryan Peters, county attorney, had reviewed the MOU and suggested some updates. He said CUWCD was more than accommodating.
“At this point,” he said, “it doesn’t obligate the county to anything other than to help.”
Woodland said a committee will be established to work with the plan with representation from EJWCD. Juab County and each of the communities will have a “chair at the table” on the committee in going forward with the plan.
He said this has been a long time coming and he was excited. He understood that nothing was a done deal, but it was a big step in bringing water to the county.
Rick Carlton, commissioner, said he did not see a completion date in the MOU. Woodland said that in the last meeting with CUWCD, they were anxious to get started. However, if the communities do not sign on, then it may not happen.
Carlton said he was happy to see something besides a one-page resolution promising water.
As the project continues, there will be more contracts for further consideration.
The commissioners voted to approve Clinton Painter, commission chairman, to sign the MOU.