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City to meter pressurized irrigation

By Linda Petersen
ALPINE -- The city is moving forward on a plan to install a pressurized irrigation meter in every home in the city.

The first phase of the project is expected to commence this summer with all phases being completed by December 2019.

At the Feb. 27 public hearing, Mayor Troy Stout told the city council and the public that despite the city's best efforts to educate residents on water conservation, there were still many who used water excessively. The net effect was that they were running out of water, he said.

The project is expected to cost $2.5 million. Half of that is being covered by a Bureau of Reclamation grant. The city is expected to cover the balance which it will do through the water and pressurized irrigation capital improvement fund.

The grant will be awarded in phases. For 2018, $494,114 has already been approved. As long as Congress does not make any changes, the grant should be $252,943 each year for 2019 and 2020, City Manager Shane Sorenson said.

City officials say only those residents who overuse water, i.e. use more water than appropriate for their lot size, will see an increase over their current water bill. The city has an agreement with Alpine Irrigation Company that pressurized irrigation will not make any money for the city, Sorensen said.

At the public hearing that evening, six residents spoke in favor of metering the water. A seventh, Richard James expressed his concern that the city was going to run out of water and commended those who conserve.
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