Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mountain Express: Bellevue's Water Woes

Posted By on Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM

The city of Bellevue has a water problem.

City officials have been warned that conjunctive water rights administration could soon cause Bellevue's lawns to go dry if downstream water rights users make a so-called "call" on upstream users if drought conditions persist. Bellevue planners say that there are about 180 acres of irrigated lawns, parks and rights of way in the city. About 26 gallons of water is required to irrigate just 1 square foot of grass on a city right of way.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the city of Bellevue will be spending $9,000-$13,000 over the next year for legal fees associated with water-rights research.

Meanwhile, Bellevue has an additional problem: sediment that has loaded up over the years in the pipeline from Muldoon Canyon, where the city draws down water during peak summer use.

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