As of July 6, the City of Blanding the city has 1,570 acre-feet of water in storage. This compares to 1,235 acre-feet in storage in July, 2013. That amounts to 110 million gallons of more water than the city held in 2013.
Blanding City is pumping two of the three deep wells owned by the city. The wells generally are pumped on nights and weekends, when electricity costs are lower.
The wells are currently providing about 20 percent of the culinary water need in Blanding.
Water intake into the Monticello collection system is 20 percent above last year levels, according to Public Works Director Nathan Langston.
Langston explains that the wet summer and fall last year helped recharge the groundwater.
The increased input, combined with voluntary watering restrictions by area residents, is helping keep water use in check.
In addition to the increased intake and decreased outflow, installation of metering on the Monticello secondary water system appears to be having a positive impact.
“It’s been great,” said Langston. “We found several leaks, we found a few exceptionally high users and we found many lower-than-normal users.”
A new well at the golf course will be brought online in a few weeks. It will provide water directly into the culinary system and provide up to half of the city culinary water need, according to Langston.
City officials urge the continued conservation of water. With the arrival of the monsoon season, official state that residents may skip a watering if there is rain.
The water level in Loyds Lake has dropped a foot in elevation and is only one quarter full.
Recapture Reservoir has been at its conservation pool for nearly one year, making it unusable water.