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Cache County Water District Passes, What's Next?

Should the Cache County Water District be created, yes or no?

That was the last item on the ballot for Cache County voters during the 2016 general election, and more than 42,000 voters weighed in. Cache County Proposition #11 passed with more than 58% support. So, now what? What is the next step in forming a water district, and how can citizens keep track of the developments?

“Well I think the first goal is to find out how much water we actually do have," said Dave Rayfield of the Cache County Water District Working Group, "And see where it’s located and see how it’s moved and stored and all those things, and see what our projected needs in the future are going to be, and what our problems are going to be in the future. And then begin to put a conservation program together where we can look at ways to conserve water. That would be the first agenda: save and conserve water, and maintain our water quality.”

Now that the proposition has passed, the Water District Working Group is working with researchers at Utah State University to look at the pros and cons of other water districts that are already in place, to see what aspects would work best for Cache County.

The Water District will be composed of elected officials, but appointed from people already in elected office. There won’t be an election for Water District members for two years, but citizens can still be involved with the process.

“Well, the meetings will be open to the public when we have them," Rayfield said, "And they’ll always be that way, so they can get involved and voice their opinion. They can also make recommendations to the county about people, right now elected people, that they think would represent their views, and in the future get involved in water and even consider running for the board.”