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S.L. COUNTY WATER AGENCY OKS PACT WITH METROPOLITAN DISTRICT

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The Salt Lake County Water Conservancy District has approved a new contract with the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake City, which both agencies say is an improvement over previous agreements.

Metro hasn't signed off on the contract, but general manager Nick Safakis said he expects it to be approved in January.If approved by Metro, the new agreement will take effect in 1992, when Sandy City leaves the county system and is annexed into metro.

The new contract combines former agreements that both parties felt were inequitable. It provides the county with 10,000 acre-feet of surplus Metro water at a gradually increasing cost over a 10-year period, increasing from $55 an acre-foot to $72 an acre-foot.

Cost to the county under the former contracts was about $96 an acre-foot said county water district general manager David Ovard. He explained that the reduced price occurs because the county will purchase untreated water from Metroand treat it at the new county treatment plant. In the past, the county purchased treated water from Metro.

For Metro, the decreased rate it has offered the county will be balanced by Sandy joining the Metro system, Safakis said.

The county water district hasn't determined if water rates will decrease due to savings it will realize.