Smithfield Makes Plans To Better Prepare For Future Droughts

Jul 16, 2021, 6:47 PM | Updated: 10:26 pm

SMITHFIELD, Utah — The Smithfield City Council has unanimously approved a plan to build more ways to store and conserve water as Utah faces a historic drought. 

Council members said Friday it’s clear from current conditions that proactive measures are needed. 

Just off Main Street, workers started digging a new well for Smithfield, tapping into an aquifer deep underneath a city park. 

In the coming years, they’ll dig a few more. It’s all part of a larger plan for the city, to make sure it’s better prepared. 

“Not necessarily this drought, but going forward into the future, what we’re going to do when we have these types of events when these types of instances occur,” said City Council member, Jamie Anderson. 

Anderson said the city is already adjusting, just like the rest of us. You can see it in the brown grass on city grounds, like the cemetery. 

A newly-passed resiliency plan put together by JUB Engineers will take further steps. 

“It gives us the ability now to apply for grants to try and build out our infrastructure, instead of having all that money come out of our water enterprise fund,” Anderson explained. 

In addition to more wells, the city will tap into more spring water out of Smithfield Canyon. It will take several years to get it all done. The additions are being mapped out by priority. 

“The ones that scored the highest were, I think the highest one was to build another reservoir for water storage,” said Anderson. 

That will be about a three to five-million gallon water tank to help store the new sources. Granted, all of this will still hinge on the weather. 

“Some of the risks you really can’t compensate for. For example, if you have a low snowpack, if you just don’t get rain,” said Anderson. 

He said the plans will help the city keep ahead of future growth as new subdivisions are required to have enough water down the line before they’re approved. 

“We’re concerned about the drought. We’re not just sitting on our hands hoping for rain, but we’re trying to do something proactively,” he said.

Anderson added that money to build all of this cannot come from the general fund — it will all have to come from grants and through people paying their water bills. 

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Utah Drought 2021

Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune

Lawn gone: ‘Localscaping’ may save water, but can it rescue the Great Salt Lake?

The idea is catching on in cities as Utahns shift their thinking about landscaping. The trick is ensuring enough water trickles downstream.
13 days ago
Follow @https://twitter.com/jellis9...
Josh Ellis

Church to reduce watering at temples, meetinghouses across West

Lawns and landscapes at some temples and meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may be allowed to brown and become dormant as the Church reduces watering across the American West.
2 months ago
FILE: (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)...
Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Eagle Mountain residents encouraged to water twice a week

Residents in Eagle Mountain have been encouraged by city officials to water their lawns twice per week due to rising temperatures.
2 months ago
(Mike Anderson/KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson

Utah firefighters train and prepare for hot, dry summer

There's a high potential for several wildfires as drought conditions continue to plague Utah, and firefighters from eight different counties are working together to prepare for the upcoming fire season.
2 months ago
Matt Gephardt & Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

Thousands complain of water waste – but how is it enforced?

Lots of people are not afraid to call out water wasters. But are those complaints to water officials investigated? And does anything happen to stop the waste? KSL Investigator Matt Gephardt went fishing for answers.
3 months ago
The East Bench of Salt Lake City receives a dusting of snow the morning of May 9, 2022. (Jed Boal/K...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Drought coordinator: Hold off on watering; consult the weekly lawn watering guide

The cool, wet spring Utah is having is exactly what the state needs in the midst of this historic drought. The wet weather won’t really make a dent in the drought, but it can help everyone save water, if we take advantage of it.
3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Smithfield Makes Plans To Better Prepare For Future Droughts