School owes lots for water |

School owes lots for water

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Perhaps it’s time to turn off the sprinklers.

Officials at Parley’s Park Elementary School recently received a bill from Summit County’s Mountain Regional Water Special Service District for almost $9,000, according to an invoice for the school at 1002 N. Silver Springs Road.

That is for water used at Parley’s Park, at 1002 N. Silver Springs Road, between May 21 and June 18, according to a Mountain Regional official. In that time groundskeepers at the school used about 1.3 million gallons of water — twice the amount of water as necessary, explained Andy Armstrong, general manager of Mountain Regional Water Special Service District.

"They’re using twice as much water over there as they have ever used in the past," Armstrong said.

But officials at the school say they needed extra water last month because grass was dying as a result of a construction project.

"Their lawns were really dried up because of some ongoing work," Armstrong said. "It’ll come back to normal."

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School officials were aware they used excess water last month, he added.

Irrigating during the same time period in May and June at Trailside Elementary cost nearly $7,000, Armstrong said, adding that "Trailside has a lot more green space than Parley’s."

But "warning bells" ring at Mountain Regional when a monthly water bill at a school exceeds $8,000, he said.

So, a Mountain Regional official met with administrators at Parley’s Park on Thursday to discuss the water usage.

"It’s probably something that they can get a handle on," Armstrong said. "They were trying to get their lawn back."