Water from the Utah-Salt Lake Canal is now flowing into the West Ridge Golf Course, where it will irrigate fairways and create some attractive hazards for golfers.
Using canal water for both purposes will save the city money and improve the aesthetics of the course, said assistant City Manager Karen Leftwich. Officials and West Ridge regulars celebrated the improvements Thursday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.Completed at a cost of about $341,000, the project involved acquisition of water rights, construction of a pump station, 1.5 miles of pipeline and design of a brook and water hazards at the course.
Leftwich said a 10-inch waterline carries the water from the canal along 6400 West to the west boundary of the course, which is located at 5055 S. West Ridge Boulevard (about 5600 West).
Once inside the course, the water flows down a stone-lined brook across the number 12 fairway to a 7-million-gallon capacity reservoir.
"Besides carrying and storing irrigation water, the brook and large lake will greatly improve the aesthetics of the golf course and add an additional challenge to hole number 12," Leftwich said.
She added that using canal water instead of culinary water will save the city between $65,000 and $80,000 each year. The project was developed with the help of local water districts, the canal company, State Water Engineer, Utah Power, and the Denver Rio Grande and Western Railroad.