Roosevelt City Aware of Change in Water; Reassures Water Safe for Consumption

Roosevelt City issued a press release on Monday reassuring residents that Roosevelt City water is safe for consumption. Many Roosevelt residents have noticed a change in the taste and smell of their tap water in recent weeks. Roosevelt City is aware of the change, shares their announcement, and wants to reassure residents that the water is free from any contaminants. The change is due to the addition of a new water source. In 2016, Roosevelt contracted with the Duchesne County Water Conservancy District to buy a set volume of water from the Victory Pipeline each year. The Victory Pipeline supplies much of Duchesne County with culinary water and the Victory Pipeline water is now part of supplying the Roosevelt City water system in addition to the other sources. “Having a secondary source of culinary water is essential to the growth of the city and the security of city residents,” shares Roosevelt City. “If the Hayden well fields were to be compromised for any reason, the City would be able to continue to provide residents with culinary water from the Victory Pipeline. The two water sources are markedly different from one another and can sometimes seem very different to the end user.” The City is currently pulling more water from the Victory Pipeline and less from the Hayden wells in order to fulfill their contract and this means the Victory Pipeline water is reaching more homes and businesses through the city’s system. “It’s like drinking Fiji water versus drinking Aquafina,” says Roosevelt City Manager Ryan Snow. “They come from different sources, so they’re going to taste different. You may prefer Fiji over Aquafina, but in the end, they’re both water and they’re both safe for you to drink. That’s what we’re dealing with now in our city system. Residents are seeing a change in taste because their water is coming from a different source.” Roosevelt City also notes that the Water Conservancy District has had to treat the water from Victory Pipeline to a further extent due to debris in Starvation Reservoir from the flash flooding. The extra treatments further alter the water’s smell and taste.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.