Ogden City May Get New Water Source

Ogden City May Get New Water Source

The suggestion has been made that Ogden City, Utah, solve part of its water problems and eventually the question of how to furnish a steady flow of water for Washington Heights and adjacent territory has been made by property owners and residents along the base of the Wasatch range, near the Beus, Uintah and Burch creek canyon district whose proposal is the building of a reservoir in that district, above what is known as the “high water level,” and the impounding of the flow from all of the creeks in that district. At the foot of Beus canyon is located a natural reservoir site, it is said, now called the Beus pond and the excavating and cleaning of this natural reservoir is one of the features of this proposal. To bring the supply from other streams to the reservoir, it would be necessary to build a pipe line south along the mountain side, crossing Burch creek and Uintah creek, as well as several smaller streams. These all have excellent flows of water throughout the year, and taken together would give an ample supply for the southern district of the city during many vears. It is pointed out that part of Washington Heights cannot be supplied with water from the present city reservoirs at the head of Twentythird and Twenty-fourth streets, being considerably higher than the city whereas the proposed Beus reservoir, however, would be much higher than the highest point on the new platted tract, which will eventually become an integral part of the city. Should city water be piped to the Washington Heights district, pumping plants would have to be installed. “While I have not talked to all of the property owners about the question, I believe the water rights can be secured if needed for development purposes, so as to assure the city’s growth,” said one of the property owners in the territory affected by the proposal. “The water rights have all been taken up along the creeks in that district, but this seems the one way in which the supply can be secured. My personal belief is that an investment of $100,000 would result in the transfer of all the water rights and the land that is needed. My belief is that this will be the eventual solution of the water question for the entire south part of Ogden.”

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