KANAB – The waters of Kanab Creek are flowing into the newly completed Jackson Flat Reservoir, ensuring a plentiful water supply for the city for years to come.
The reservoir is filling with a 24-inch supply line from the upper Kanab irrigation system at a rate of 2.9 million gallons per day. There are currently 59 million gallons of water in the reservoir. The total storage capacity is 1.38 billion gallons.
Filling the reservoir is variable depending on the amount of precipitation the area receives during the winter. The supply line can sustain flows of just under 7 million gallons per day, making the current rate moderate to low. If recent flows persist, the reservoir will fill to one-third of its capacity by the shutoff date of Apr. 1, 2013. It storms continue and flows increase, the reservoir could be at 50 percent capacity by that time.
This added storage will more than double the amount of water available during the growing season for farms, residential yards and gardens. The water could also be used for other recreational and public areas in the city such as parks, the cemetery and schools. The Kane County Water Conservancy District has an engineered initial filling plan to insure the dam is operating properly as it fills and has designated a Dam Tender to maintain and continually study the reservoir. There is also an Emergency Action Plan in the event of a 100-year or 500-year flood.
The reservoir was completed this past spring and was noted by the Utah Engineer Dave Marble from the Office of Dam Safety as one of the cleanest constructed reservoirs he has inspected. The Kane County Water Conservancy District is proud to have helped develop this state-of-the-art infrastructure that will help grow crops for local farmers, create a place for residents to recreate, and contribute to a better lifestyle for all Kane County residents.
Submitted by: Paul Monroe
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