The argument has been touted that water from the Star Valley pipeline to Payson would be used until the safe yield is exceeded. If subdivisions are then built and the safe yield is exceeded, what happens then? Will all Payson residents have severe water restrictions imposed on them in order to make up for the lost water from Star Valley? Or will the residents from Star Valley see a severe drop in their well water levels, forcing them to drill deeper wells at their own expense? Nobody wins in either scenario. This safe yield should be determined before the developments are allowed to take place. This safe yield could be determined by pumping Star Valley water into existing Payson water supplies and measuring well water levels drop in Star Valley before construction of subdivisions is allowed to occur.
Bob Sumegi, Payson