Mayor's Corner 07/26/18

Dear Friends:

What is a community?  In a very general sense, a community is a group of individuals connected by one or more attributes.  It can center around interests, beliefs, geography, or any other common thread.

Usually when I talk about community, my first thought is the place I live.  Richfield is my community, and I love it!  But why do we live in communities?  There are many practical reasons.  Communities bring together resources that go far beyond what most individuals can provide on their own.  They also provide a sense of belonging.

We’re blessed with great communities here in south-central Utah.  For over 150 years, people have figured out, together, how to solve problems and how to make life better for all concerned.

Water is an important community topic right now.  We never seem to have the right amount.  It’s either too much, or too little; and recently we’ve experienced both extremes in the same day!

Recent flash floods have been devastating to some of our neighbors, but they also spotlight what community is all about.  Thank you to all who have responded so quickly when these disasters occur.

The flip side of those isolated downpours is the general drought we’re experiencing.  It’s serious.  Last week the City learned that we won’t be getting any more water from the canals this year.  That impacts our parks, golf course and cemetery, as well as water for irrigation ditches used by some residents for gardens.  We anticipated this would happen, and notified users prior to the season that water would likely run out early this year.

At times we have overflow from our city spring which we’ll make available to those irrigators, but it will be intermittent.  It’s not something we can plan for.  When our culinary water tanks are full, the overflow will be available.  When they’re not, that water goes to fill them.  We’ll continue to operate with our regular irrigation schedules, but users need to know that water may or may not be available at their scheduled time.  We’ll do our best, but it’s really out of our control.

We ask for your patience.  We also ask all residents to use water wisely.  Don’t water during the hottest part of the day.  Don’t waste water.  Be mindful of your impact on neighbors and others.  After all, that’s part of being a community!

Mayor David Ogden

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