Wolf Creek water moratorium eased, clearing way for limited development | News, Sports, Jobs

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This map shows the Wolf Creek Water and Sewer Improvement District, the area of ​​the Ogden Valley inside the red lines.

A moratorium on new water connections caused by dwindling water supplies that had hampered growth in the Wolf Creek area of ​​the Ogden Valley has been eased.

It is not because the region’s water reserves have suddenly increased. On the contrary, the officials of the Wolf Creek Water and Sewer Improvement Districtor WCWSID, the public entity that provides water to the area, says the decision stems from the drilling of a new well that will provide additional water.

“We were really lucky. It is truly a blessing that we have a well as good as it is,” said Miranda Menzies, WCWSID Board Chair.

On Thursday, the board formally lifted the moratorium, put in place on July 27, 2021, but that won’t pave the way for unfettered growth. The Wolf Creek area, roughly, lies between Eden to the south and the Powder Mountain ski resort further north.

“It’s a solution limited to a specific problem,” Menzies said.

In other words, owners of approximately 380 plots in the Wolf Creek area who have registered building land will be able to obtain permission to tap into the Wolf Creek water system, allowing them to obtain building permits from the Weber County and proceed with housing construction. There is room for perhaps 1,000 more lots in the Wolf Creek area beyond that 380, but they are not yet registered and the owners of those lands will not be able to obtain permits to tap into the Wolf Creek water system.

The new water supply, Menzies said, isn’t large enough to provide anything beyond the 380 lots. She expects the owners of only 60 to 70 of the 380 lots to immediately take action to tap into the water system.

The moratorium put in place in 2021 highlighted the dwindling water supply in the area caused by drought and the drop in water level at Pineview Reservoir. However, the fact that the new well will allow at least some measure of development in the Wolf Creek area does not mean that water concerns are going away.

Menzies said owners of unregistered lots in the Wolf Creek area will have to source water from other suppliers. “Developers are going to have to come up with a different approach,” she said, perhaps bringing water from other parts of the Ogden Valley.

Either way, residents of Wolf Creek have heeded calls to conserve water.

“Our Wolf Creek customers are absolutely wonderful. Customers who are already connected have achieved a 40% reduction in irrigation use this year (compared to 2020),” Menzies said. She also praised the efforts of Wolf Creek Golf Course operators to conserve water, aided by rain in August and September.

Proponents establishing new water connections at Wolf Creek will be required to adhere to restrictions on the use of secondary water for irrigation. Likewise, new homes will be required to use low-flow plumbing fixtures and will not be able to use potable water for outdoor irrigation, among other water conservation measures.

The new well will only provide cooking water. Wolf Creek officials plan to develop a system to use the treated wastewater generated in the system for secondary irrigation. It will take one to two years to build the first homes allowed through Thursday’s action, so Menzies thinks it’s time to expand the secondary system.


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