For the first time since the the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley over 170 years ago, it was reported in September 2018 that the Emigration Canyon Stream is completely depleted near the eastern boundary of the state capital city less than 2 miles from Utah’s Hogle Zoo.
For the past 30 years, Emigration Canyon residents have reported impairment of private wells directly to the Utah State Division of Water Rights to no avail.
Emigration Improvement District’s (“EID” aka ECID) own hydrologist Jack Barnett testifiedin December 1995 that it will “take decades — twenty, fifty, seventy-five years” for water treated in the luxurious Emigration Oaks development to recharge the Canyon Stream.
Should the Utah State Engineer approve EID’s permanent change applications“a44045″ (57-7796) and “a44046” (57-10711), all homes connected to the EID water system or on private wells operated with water rights leased from EID will have a priority date of September 12, 2018 — the most junior water rights in the entire Emigration Canyon.
According to EID’s own 2017 Customer Confidence Report, it’s two remaining wells (Boyer Well #1 and Boyer Well #2) has twice the capacity to fulfill the needs of existing Canyon homes connected to its water system even during summer months.
During the December 19 public hearing, EID hydrologist testified that it will be unable to provide water service to the homes currently connected to the EID water service, if the Utah State Engineer does not approve permanent change application “a44045” before January 16, 2019.