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A variety of issues surrounding Big Cottonwood Creek will be discussed during an upcoming public meeting.

During the meeting, local political leaders, residents and activists will look at issues such as land use, water quality and the restoration of Big Cottonwood Creek. Leaders from Murray, Holladay and Salt Lake County have been invited.

The meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, in the Holladay Library conference room, 2150 E. Murray-Holladay Road. The meeting is sponsored by Big Cottonwood Creek residents, with help from Great Salt Lake Audubon, the National Park Service, Salt Lake County Department of Engineering and the the Utah Rivers Council. For more information, call 266-1393.

Salt Lake City

Polynesian entertainment, snacks, skate-park building plans and new water mains are on the agenda for the District 2 town meeting Tuesday. The public meeting will also include presentations on upcoming activities at the Raging Waters park and Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center, and remarks by Mayor Rocky Anderson and District 2 Councilman Van Turner. The meeting will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center, 855 W. California Ave. (1330 South).

Everyone is welcome, but this town meeting is devoted to issues affecting District 2, which stretches roughly from I-80 to 800 West and from the Jordan River to Redwood Road. For information call the City Council office at 535-7600.

Salt Lake County

Salt Lake area artists — performing, visual or both — are urged to attend an Olympic planning meeting tonight at the City-County Building. Budget and policy analyst Susi Kontgis hopes to bring local creative people together to find and fund venues for performances and exhibitions during the 2002 Winter Games. The open meeting will run from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight in Room 335 of the City-County Building, 400 S. State.

West Jordan

Planning on buying a new, more efficient toilet? You may want to wait until this fall.

The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District plans to implement a demonstration program this fall whereby residents will be able to trade in their old, wasteful toilets for brand new, low-flush models. It is being patterned after a program that has worked well in several municipalities throughout Southern California, said Tage Flint, the district's assistant general manager. More than a half million new toilets have been placed throughout the Los Angeles Basin.

In 1992 a plumbing code was established nationally that required toilets to operate at 1.6 gallons per flush. Many old toilets use about 5 gallons per flush. Cities throughout the West, where water is scarce, are trying out toilet-replacement programs, Flint said.

Flint estimates more than 100,000 toilets should be replaced in the Salt Lake Valley. For the first year, the district plans to use $50,000 from its budget, which could buy about 800 toilets at $60 each. Those toilets, which normally use culinary water, could reduce household usage by about 44 gallons per day, Flint said.

If the program is successful, federal funds will be sought to involve more municipalities served by the district. The district is a wholesale supplier of water to cities and towns — retailers — who then sell water to residents. Nearly 800,000 people use district water supplies.