Secondary Water

Secondary water is untreated, unfiltered water that is used for the irrigation of outdoor residential landscaping and gardening. This water is non-potable (not suitable for human consumption) and should not be used for outdoor recreation (filling pools or playing in sprinklers). The District primarily wholesales secondary water to water providers, who in turn retail it to their customers. The District also retails secondary water directly to some residents in Davis and Weber County where there was not another secondary water purveyor. In order to increase customer service and decrease costs to users, the District has partnered with several agencies to operate and maintain District owned secondary pipelines and connections. Please use the map below to determine which agency you should contact for questions or concerns with your secondary service connection.

Questions regarding the application for a new connection should be referred to the District.

In areas where the District has retail secondary water systems, residents may connect to this system for the irrigation of outdoor residential landscaping. In order to connect to the system, an application must be filled out and submitted to the District for review. This application should be accompanied with applicable drawings detailing how the connection is proposed or how the system within a development is being proposed to be constructed. After review, the District will respond by detailing any modifications to the drawings that may be required as well as any applicable fees. This review will also enable the District to determine the volume of water necessary for each lot within a proposed development. If there is too little or no water allocated to the property, the owner must also go through the water petition process with the Board of Trustees.

The requirements to sign up for service vary depending on the following factors

1. Are you in the District’s service area boundaries?
2. Is there existing Weber Basin Water on your parcel of property?
3. Does the District have a distribution system in your area for you to connect to?
4. Do impact fees apply in your area?

Please call the District to find out the necessary requirements to connect to secondary water in your area.

To apply for secondary water service, please press the Apply for Secondary Service button and submit the completed online fillable form. Once we have received applications, the District will contact the applicant for further processing.

Homeowner Responsibilities:

Various configurations of service connections have been constructed throughout the history of the District. All new connections are required to be constructed with a District approved meter. Older connections are being retrofitted to include a meter in phases. If your connection does not include a meter (housed under a purple lid) your responsibility for repairs and maintenance begins after the District ’s valve (typically located in the park strip). If you have a meter installed your responsibility for maintenance and repairs begins immediately downstream of the meter. Please do not open the meter enclosure. Do not touch the District-owned valve. Homeowners are strongly encouraged to install their own valve shut off on their side of the connection.

The District strongly encourages residents being served secondary water to install a filter to remove debris. This filter will need to be cleaned periodically in order effectively allow the flow of water through the filter. Installation and cleaning of filters is the responsibility of the resident.

Common Issues/FAQ

Q. When will secondary water be turned on and off for the season?
A. Typically the District or its’ partnering agencies begin charging the secondary system (allowing water into the pipelines) the week of April 15th. This process typically takes approximately 3-4 days to fully pressurize the system. Water is no longer delivered to the system starting around October 15th. These dates are all subject to available water supplies.
Q. Why does my secondary water seem to have lower pressure than normal
A. Most secondary systems have had filters installed to limit the amount of debris that may plug valves and sprinkler heads on the system. These valves require periodic cleaning. Please check your filter to ensure it is clean on a regular basis. The required frequency of these cleanings will depend on water use and the location of your connection within the secondary system.
Q. What if I find a leak on the secondary system?
A. If a leak is located downstream of the District’s valve or meter, where applicable, the homeowner will be responsible for the repairs. If the system needs to be shut off to facilitate the repair and no homeowner valve can be located please contact the District or the appropriate operating agency for assistance. If the leak is prior the District valve please contact the District or appropriate operating agency immediately.
Q. How am I billed for secondary water?
A. Most connections are billed as a direct charge on your property taxes.
Q. What is the size of my service connection?
A. The District determines service connections on a case-by-case basis taking into account things such as lot size and system pressure. Typically lots measuring less than an acre will have a 1-inch service connection, lots measuring larger than 1 acre up to 1-1/2 acres will have a 1.5” service connection, and lots larger than 1-1/2 acre will typically have a 2-inch service connection.
Contractors and Developers can view the documents below or contact Weber Basin Water's offices at 801-771-1677 for other typical construction drawings.


Secondary Water Knowledge

To be used only on outdoor irrigation. Not for filling pools or ponds.

Weber Basin maintains the largest secondary irrigation system in the western United States.

Weber Basin provides over 18,500 connections for residents to use.

Typical turn on and shut off dates are April 15th and October 15th. Changes to these dates will be posted here.

Please ensure your system is drained in the winter and your valves are shut prior to start up in the spring.

Meters are being installed to help residents manage our limited water supply more effectively.