Well Development and Drilling
Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD) is moving forward with the next phase of their plan to construct groundwater wells in an effort to provide high-quality drinking water to local communities in both Salt Lake and Utah County.
Future phases will include construction of additional wells in the coming years.
Starting in June 2022 and continuing through spring 2023, crews completed the well development and drilling at three different well sites: 7, 16, and 17.
Wells 7, 16, & 17
Following the drilling, well house construction began this summer at wells sites 7, 16 and 17. The work at well site 16 is expected to extend into the spring of 2025, while well sites 7 and 17 will continue through spring of 2026.
How long is construction expected to last?
Well development and drilling for wells 7 and 17 lasted from August 2022 to early 2023. Well House construction began in summer 2023 and will last through spring 2026.
Why were these well locations chosen?
The primary reason for selecting a well location is to provide the best opportunity for high quantities of high quality water. The water quality and capacity of the wells in the surrounding area have indicated that these locations for wells 7 and 17 are likely to provide the best in both of these categories.
How could construction impact me?
The plans for this project involve construction and/or drilling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nearby residents may experience additional noise, dust and vibration while the work takes place. Parking areas in close proximity to the project sites may also be affected during the course of construction.
How deep are the wells?
Some will be as deep as 1,500 feet below the surface, (the deepest drilled in Utah) – nearly four times the height of the Wells Fargo Center in Salt Lake City. These deep aquifers are continually filled by crisp, clean water from our mountains.
Will my water, sewer service or any other utilities be affected?
No water, sewer or other utility disruptions are anticipated during construction. In the event a disruption does occur, please contact (801) 226-1929.
Where is the water going?
The water from these wells will be delivered via the new pipeline to residents of Vineyard and other communities in northern Utah County and southern Salt Lake County.
Is the water free and clear of any contaminates from the former Geneva Steel mill?
Public health and safety are top priority and only the highest quality drinking water is delivered to our customers. The district takes quality very seriously, follows all federal regulations and is even more stringent on internal regulations. The water from these wells will be monitored closely and tested more frequently than is legally required.
No manufacturing by Geneva Steel has ever taken place on or near the well sites in Vineyard. Other wells in this well field have been in operation and provided water to consumers for more than three years.
Thorough testing and significant data has shown there is no concern for contamination to any of the drinking water aquifers utilized by the wells. Part of the well design and management process includes siting analysis, water monitoring, and testing to ensure clean, safe water is being distributed to customers. Our water is tested regularly for a wide variety of constituents and has never exceeded stringent USEPA drinking water standards. Additionally, the exceptional design of the wells and pipeline will prevent any foreign materials from entering the water supply. For more information about the water coming from these wells, please read the Consumer Confidence Report.
How can I learn more?
Hotline: (355) 440-0660
The Wells at Vineyard, Behind the Scenes
In 2005, CUWCD purchased approximately 42,400 acre-feet of water rights and other water-related assets from the former Geneva Steel Company.
By combining these groundwater rights with surface water rights previously purchased, CUWCD is now able to sponsor the CWP. The project will provide a reliable, potable water supply of approximately 53,800 acre-feet annually under full development and that is projected to be developed over 25 years.
To learn more about project details and updates, contact us:
HOTLINE: (385) 440-0660
CLICK HERE to find out what else CUWCD is up to.