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BOUNTIFUL WILL RESTRICT OUTSIDE USE OF WATER

Homeowners are facing another summmer of water-use restrictions.

City Council members voted Wednesday to restrict the outside use of culinary water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Their action affects homeowners east of Bountiful Boulevard who don't have access to Weber Basin water for their lawns and gardens.Property owners who violate the ordinance could be fined $100.

Those with irrigation water supplied by Weber Basin Water Conservancy District - about 90 percent of homes in Bountiful - already are restricted from outside watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Restrictions could get more severe, depending on the weather and how well users honor the 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. rule.

Bountiful residents with Weber Basin water last year could not use it on Sundays, Wednesdays or Saturdays. Use on other days was restricted to three hours. Culinary-only customers were also restricted to three hours four days a week.

"We don't plan at this point to restrict water to certain days, but maybe we'll have do that," said David Wilding, manager of the city's water department.

The conservancy district plans to evaluate its supply in late May. "We'll restrict further if needed but I think we'll be fine if people watch it," said Ivan Flint, general manager.

District officials considered limiting use to every other day but figured the 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. restriction was more effective. That schedule allows people to plan watering times easier and seems to prevent overwatering, Flint said.

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Statistics about Bountiful's water:

- Bountiful used 1.31 billion gallons of culinary water in 1991, an average of about 113 gallons per person per day.

- Residents and farmers used about 5.1 billion gallons of Weber Basin water, about 3 1/2 times the amount of culinary water they used.

- The city's nine active wells produced 1.5 billion gallons and are capable of pumping 6,000 gallons per minute. Five inactive wells could produce 4,000 gallons per minute each.

- Eleven city-owned storage tanks back up the wells. Combined storage capacity is 12.8 million gallons, enough to meet the city's needs for three days.