Weber Basin Water Conservancy District

The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District (WBWCD) was created on June 26,1950, to act as the local sponsor of the Weber Basin Project and to further supply water resources to the population within its boundaries.

The original project, including reservoirs, canals, irrigation and drainage systems and power plants were constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation from 1952 through 1969. The District entered into a repayment contract with the United States in 1952, which will be completed in approximately 2034, to repay all of the original Project costs and interest related to water supply. Funding for this repayment and the development of other water sources is from water sales and the original one mil property tax placed on the District at its inception.

The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District covers over 2,500 square miles within five counties: Davis, Weber, Morgan, Summit and a part of Box Elder. Weber Basin delivers approximately 220,000 acre-feet of water annually: 60,000 acre-feet for municipal and industrial uses and 160,000 acre-feet for irrigation, which includes secondary pressure irrigation systems. The District operates seven large storage reservoirs which store approximately 400,000 acre-feet of the District’s water. The reservoirs are: Causey, East Canyon, Lost Creek, Pineview, Smith & Morehouse, Wanship and Willard Bay. The District operates three hydro-power generation plants that can produce up to about 8 megawatts of electricity. Also operated and maintained are over 79 miles of canals, a trans-mountain tunnel, two multi-county aqueducts, hundreds of miles of raw water and culinary pipelines, and nine major pumping stations.

The District is unique for its ability to serve five classifications of water service, including agricultural water (flood and pressure), drinking water, industrial supplies, groundwater replacement and pressurized/ secondary water. The groundwater replacement water being for the areas east of the Wasatch Front, including upper Weber County, Morgan County and Summit County.

Future issues for the District center around development of sufficient water supplies and facilities to meet the needs of the growing population within its boundaries. Water conservation plays an increasingly important role as new sources are likely to be difficult and expensive to develop. Water demands on the District are projected to double in the next 40 years even with the assumption that the existing per capita use will reduce significantly. These projections, along with the constant need to upgrade and rehabilitate existing infrastructure, push the financial needs projections to one half billion dollars over the next 30 years. Beyond conservation, new projects will include completion of groundwater drilling, change of use of local river supplies and probably a large regional importation project.

Weber Basin Water Conservancy District is Northern Utah’s Regional Water Supplier for:

  • treated municipal water
  • wholesale irrigation water
  • retail secondary irrigation water
  • untreated industrial water
  • groundwater replacement water


Contact Weber Basin Water Conservancy District

2837 East Highway 193
Layton, Utah  84040
Phone: 801-771-1677


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Box Elder County, Utah
  • Davis County, Utah
  • Morgan County, Utah
  • Summit County, Utah
  • Weber County, Utah

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