Dayton Council Looks to Clarify Water Rights

Dayton Council Looks to Clarify Water Rights

The Dayton town council passed an amendment on first reading Tuesday night to clarify the definition, and ultimately the intended use, of raw water.

The town currently runs off of two separate water systems—one is treated, potable water, and the other is untreated, not drinkable, but useful for watering yards and gardens. Dayton mayor, Bob Wood, wants to clarify that it's not practical to use the town's raw water to irrigate fields or water

The intention of the council is to make the untreated water available to Dayton residents so they can water their lawns and gardens without exhausting the raw water's pump system. However, Wood said the system isn't equipped for agricultural purposes. In addition, some non-agricultural users may have to scale back as well.

The council scheduled a community workshop for Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Dayton Town Hall to allow residents of the town of Dayton to voice any concerns. The council will then consider the ordinance on second reading Oct. 8.

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