While officials statewide speculate about the possibility of water restrictions, three south-central Utah communities are already taking action.
The Panguitch City Council in Garfield County noted that the irrigation system is operating and urged citizens to use secondary water for all irrigation purposes."If citizens do not comply with this request, an ordinance will be adopted prohibiting use of culinary water for irrigating, and meters will be read and penalties imposed for excessive use," the council said.
In Piute County, Marysvale officials have restricted irrigation use and increased water rates to $10 for the first 20,000 gallons of $1 for each additional 1,000 gallons.
The water flow from the city's spring has decreased. Night watering or watering on the 31st day of any month won't be allowed. Otherwise, residents north of Bullion Canyon may water on even-numbered days of the month and those on the south side on odd-numbered days.
"If the upper storage tank level falls below an appropriate level, additional time restrictions will be imposed," officials warned. "Persons who violate the schedule will be in jeopardy of having their water meters removed."
Officials in Salina, Sevier County, are warning residents against wasting water, particularly allowing it to flood streets, sidewalks or private property. Council members warned that the police department will issue citations to violators.
The problem appears to be caused byresidents using 2-inch connections without any distribution system, forcing water to run on streets and sidewalks.