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SANDY SCHEDULES MEETING TO DISCUSS RATIONING WATER

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Since it won't meet next week because of the July 4 holiday, the Sandy City Council has scheduled a special "emergency" meeting at 9 p.m. Thursday to discuss ways to deal with a water problem that might require rationing in coming weeks.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.Mayor Steve Newton requested the meeting at Tuesday's regular council session. He stressed that the problem is not one of too little water - it's a shortage of water treatment capacity.

In the past, some of Sandy's water has been treated at the Little Cottonwood Treatment Plant owned by the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake City. Then that water has been delivered to the Alta Canyon area by the Salt Lake County Water Conservancy District.

But the Metropolitan Water District's own demand has grown to the point that this year it will be using all of the plant capacity itself, Newton said. So the conservancy district has notified Sandy that deliveries to the Alta Canyon area will be reduced by 30 percent, or 10 million gallons per day.

Not all of Alta Canyon's water comes from the district - some is supplied by Sandy's own wells. Newton said city officials will examine ways to shift water around to meet demand, but the council must also look at options for rationing in case that becomes necessary.