BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
NORTH SALT LAKE — Residents will have a little more water to help them beat the heat this summer.
Work has already started on a major secondary water expansion project for North Salt Lake, including a basin expansion and pump system that will get secondary water up to the area around Eaglewood Golf Course. The expansion is designed to make up for summer deficiencies in the city’s water levels.
“Our peak need is in July, and we struggle to keep the water level high enough,” said North Salt Lake Mayor Len Arave. “We’ve worried for a long time about low water, and this will take care of that.”
The project, which is expected to be complete by late July, will cost approximately $2 million. The basin expansion carries the bulk of the cost, totaling $1.25 million.
“It costs about the same price (as buying more culinary water from Weber Basin), but we end up with more water,” said Arave.
The new secondary water will replace a portion of the city’s culinary water supply that affected residents are currently using. The culinary water will then be re-distributed throughout the system, which stretches all the way to Foxboro.
“It will free up the water for other users,” said Karyn Baxter, assistant city engineer for North Salt Lake. “And it will redistribute the secondary water to the area where it will do the most good.”
This gives the city a cushion against future growth, which Arave says is happening in already-planned suburbs on the city’s hillside.
“Home building has started back up,” he said. “More of it is happening in the city than there has been in awhile.”
The project will damage Deer Hollow Park, located west of Eaglewood Golf Course, but the city plans to rebuild the park after the project is complete.