The Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy (MWDSLS) was established in 1935 and now serves the cities of Salt Lake and Sandy. From the breathtaking landscapes of Little Cottonwood Canyon to Provo Canyon, MWDSLS’s infrastructure conveys water through Utah County into the Salt Lake Valley where it is treated and distributed to over 450,000 residents, businesses, and other users. This water is one of the engines that powers our economy.
The infrastructure that conveys our water passes through many geologic hazards. MWDSLS has taken a proactive approach to protect our infrastructure and water supply by conducting a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MMP) to identify and reduce risks. This MMP assessed hazards such as earthquakes, wildfire, landslides, and severe winter weather. The MMP establishes mitigation goals and proposes Mitigation Projects to reduce the risks of damages and disruptions to the water supply for the community.
Most of our infrastructure was planned, designed, and constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation over 70 years ago. It is aging, vulnerable, and its needs are great. An approved MMP allows MWDSLS to compete in FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program to obtain federal money to fund Mitigation Projects developed in the MMP. Funding from this program brings your federal tax dollars home where it is leveraged 3:1 by your local dollars with up to $50M available per project as a grant.
Using this link, review the MMP Document and leave a comment using the Comment Form during the public review period from August 1st through August 10th, 2023.