Wet May helped prevent some water shortages

The moon rises over Bear Lake as a boat rocks in the water just off the beach in Fish Haven, Idaho. Water levels are expected to drop once again in 2013. 

Local residents know they can turn on a tap and the water is there, but Cache County Water Manager Bob Fatheringham says there are shortages in some communities where watering restrictions have been imposed.

He says it all depends on the location and where the water there is coming from.

“Certainly the snow pack wasn’t what we wanted to be,” Fatheringham says. “The rains in May did certainly help because there wasn’t as much drafting on storage facilities that are available in Northern Utah.

“There aren’t many of them but there is a huge one called Bear Lake. Some of the drafting of that water supply wasn’t occurring in May when we were getting those rains.” 

Fatheringham says he hopes that where water purveyors are asking for cooperation the public will be cooperative. He emphasized the fact that if current efforts to establish a water conservancy district in Cache Valley are successful, there should be plenty of water for everyone.

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