Where Does Your Water Come From?
The Sandy City Public Utilities Department mission is: "Proudly Working Together to Provide Quality Utility Services for our Customers." Our employees take pride in this mission and are proud to announce that Your Water continues to be Safe to Drink!
Sandy City is an area that is abundant with clean water. Our residents enjoy the clean, pure water from many pristine crystal clear canyon streams and groundwater aquifers. Modern Science and Mother Nature have assisted us in our endeavors to provide quality water to our customers; therefore, we are proud to announce that the water you drink complies with national drinking water standards.
Sandy City relies on several sources for its water needs. Sandy receives treated surface water from Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy, which is taken from Little Cottonwood Creek and from Deer Creek Reservoir. Surface water comes from the Uinta Mountain streams that feed the Provo River. The City also pumps groundwater from its 23 wells. These wells are used to supply safe drinking water in the hot summer months when demand is high. Groundwater is pumped to the surface from underground aquifers located at several hundred feet below the earth's surface. Water generated by snow melt in the recharge zone along the east side of Sandy (watershed) helps recharge these aquifers.
Please call 801-568-7280 for more information.
Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention
WHAT IS A CROSS-CONNECTION?
A cross-connection is an actual or potential physical connection to the drinking water system through piping (plumbing) that has the possibility of allowing pollutants or contaminants to backflow into the public drinking water system.
WHAT IS BACKFLOW?
Backflow is the reversed flow of non-potable water or other substances back into the homeowner’s or the public drinking water system. A backflow incident could carry pollutants or contaminants into our drinking water supplies making them unsafe for consumption.
CAN I PROTECT MY HOME OR BUSINESS FROM THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH CROSS-CONNECTIONS AND BACKFLOW?
Yes! The most common cross connections and methods to protect from them are described below:
THREADED HOSE CONNECTIONS
Many backflow incidents are created with the misuse of the common garden hose. Modern plumbing codes require that all threaded potable water outlets and hose bibs be protected by a non-removable hose bib vacuum breaker or an atmospheric vacuum breaker. These items can be found at your local plumbing or home improvement stores.
LANDSCAPE SPRINKLING SYSTEMS
Sandy City's adopted plumbing code requires that all landscape sprinkling systems connected to the public drinking water system be equipped with an approved backflow prevention device or assembly. These items can be found at your local plumbing or home improvement stores. Please visit our Backflow page or call 801-568-7280 for more information.