Central Utah Water

responsibly develop, conserve, and deliver water

Who We Are

A political subdivision within the State of Utah. Central Utah Water works to conserve water through preparation for the future. Through it's various projects and programs, the district strives to live up to its values and serve society. For more details on who we are and an overview of Central Utah Water visit below.



Central Utah Water's efforts in water conservation present opportunities for responsible water development. Central Utah Water is continually searching for efficient ways to not only conserve, but also deliver water to the 8 counties in it's jursidiction.



Water Conservation is one of the main priorities of Central Utah Water. Through programs, rebates, and information, Central Utah Water tries to better the surrounding communities and educate the citizens about water conservation.



One of the main goals of Central Utah Water is to deliver safe, reliable water to its customers.



Prepare 60 is the center established by the four largest water conservancy districts to:
Protect what we have
Use it Wisely
Provide for the future

Learn more about Central Utah Water's role at the official Prep60 website

ResourcesA quick look at reservoir data, quick links and information.

Current Events A list of meetings and other events

October 29 2016: Central Utah Garden's Annual Pumpkin Walk! Come enjoy the fun from Noon-6pm.

Reservoir Elevations

Currant Creek

Deer Creek


Lost Lake



Trial Lake

Utah Lake

Upper Stillwater

Washington Lake

For More Information:

please visit our Data Page

Press Releases and Current News

Press Releases

For the second year in a row, the Central Utah Water’s newest drinking water sources have won the Intermountain Section of the American Water Works Association’s Best of Show at the 2016 Water Taste Test. See the full article for more details .

Current News

A hot and an extremely dry August challenged Utah's already shrinking reservoirs, with irrigators who had to turn to reservoir storage to continue the late summer harvest. See the Full Article at ksl.com

Central Utah Water

Safety. Integrity. Quality. People.

Central Utah Water's primary responsibility is to deliver clean, useable water to our customers by managing the vast CUP and District network of water facilities. Every day we work to maintain and improve those facilities. We monitor and track precipitation levels and make decisions on how best to serve current customers and store water for future generations. Central Utah Water is proud of its role in managing the water in its jurisdiction and using technology, intelligence and hard work to ensure the best possible balance for man and nature.

Every day we work to maintain and improve our water delivery facilities. We study, monitor and track precipitation levels and make decisions on how to best serve current customers and store water for future generations. We work with larger users on developing ways to use water more efficiently and conduct public outreach activities promoting conservation. We manage three water treament facilities in Utah Valley, Ahsley Valley and Duchesne County and administer the sale of water to our customers.

Central Utah Water is proud of its role in managing the water in its jurisdiction and using technology, intelligence and hard work to ensure the best possible balance for man and nature.

Bonneville Unit Map

Meet our Executive Team

Gene Shawcroft
General Manager

Gene oversees all the operations of Central Utah Water and sits on multiple state and national committees.

Tom Bruton
Assistant General Manager

Tom leads out in long-term administrative management and asset management.

Christine Finlinson
Assistant General Manager

Christine oversees government relations, public information, and public education.

David Pitcher
Assistant General Manager

David supervises Water Supply Planning, and manages the treatment plants and non-federal facilities.

Rich Tullis
Assistant General Manager

Rich manages Water Supply, Water Rights, and Federal Facilities.

Board of Trustees

Central Utah Water is governed by a board of Trustees representing eight central Utah Counties. The Board of Trustees provides a check and balance between rural and urban representation. The appointed citizen board governs the affairs of Central Utah Water and establishes policy.

List of Trustees

G Wayne Anderson
G. Wayne Anderson is the Area Supervisor for Utah State University and a member of the Spanish Fork Rodeo Committee. Wayne formerly served as the mayor of Spanish Fork and also served as a Spanish Fork City Council.

JR Bird
JR Bird is owner and CEO of several successful businesses. He is currently a member of the Roosevelt City Council and is a member of the Roosevelt Rotary Club. JR is also a committee member of the Uintah Basin Chapter of API.

Jim Bradley
Jim Bradley is a Salt Lake County Councilman. He also serves on the Unified Police Department Board, Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service District Board and the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts Board.

Randy A Brailsford
Randy served four terms as Mayor of Salem City and was also Chairman of the South County Mayors. He has been a business man in Spanish Fork for over several years and is the owner of The Car Guys.

Shelly Brennan
Shelley Brennan has been the Duchesne Deputy County Recorder, Office Manager for the Duchesne County Surveyor and is currently the County Recorder for Duchesne County.

Kirk L Christensen
Kirk is the Manager/Operator of the Upper Country Water District. He is the President of the Farnsworth Canal and Irrigation Company. He currently serves on the boards of Moon Lake Water Users Association, Rural Water Association and Farm Service Association. He is a lifetime cattle rancher and businessman.

Michael K Davis
Michael is currently the Wasatch County Manager. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is involved in community activities.

Tom Dolan
Mayor of Sandy City, serves on Wasatch Front Regional Council, Envision Utah, League of Cities & Towns, and Salt Lake County Council of Governments.

Larry Ellertson
Larry Ellertson serves as a Utah County Commissioner. Larry has served on a number of boards including: UTA Board, Envision Utah Board, Chamber of Commerce, Utah Lake Commission and Utah Association of Counties.

Steve Frischnecht
Steve Frischknect is a dairy/beef farmer and a County Commissioner for Sanpete County. Steve serves on the Dairy Management Inc. Board (Chicago), and the Farm Bureau – US Dairy Export (Virginia) Board.

Al Mansell
Al Mansell has been a realtor for 35 years and in 2005 was the president of the National Association of Realtors. Al served on the Utah State Senate for 12 years, leading as Senate President for four. He has served on many boards including Neuroworx and the Utah Opera. Al served as a trustee of Intermountain Healthcare, and is chairman emeritus of the Utah Sports Commission. Al enjoys spending time with his family, golf, tennis as well as other sports.

Michael J McKee
Michael serves as a Uintah County Commissioner. He has served on the Uintah School District Board, Western County Alliance Board, Governor's Recreational Task Force, Governor's Balanced Recourse Committee, the Utah Rural Coalition, and the Uintah Basin Association of Governments.

Greg McPhie
Greg McPhie works in electrical wholesale. Additional boards Greg serves on are Jordanelle SSD, Wasatch County SSA, Lake Creek Irrigation and currently sits on the Wasatch City Council.

Aimee Newton
Aimee Winder Newton is a member of the Salt Lake County Council and currently serves as vice chair. She is president and owner of a communications consulting firm. Aimee serves on the Board for Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District, Board for Wasatch Front Regional Growth Commission, Jordan River Commission Board Utah Coalition Against Pornography's Advisory Board, Prevent Child Abuse Utah Board and Calvin Smith Elementary PTA Board.

N Gawain Snow
Gawain is the General Manager of the Uintah Basin Water Conservancy District. He serves on the Utah Water Resource Board.

Byron Woodland
Byron Woodland is a dentist and a County Commissioner for Juab County. He currently serves on the Community Development Block Grant Policy Board and Six County AOG Executive Board.

Boyd Workman
Boyd Workman has been a farmer and livestock man for 50 years. He currently serves on the Board of Rural Water of Utah. Boyd was General Manager of Ashley Valley Water and Sewer Improvements District, has served on the State Drinking Water Board, Board of Island Ditch Irrigation Co, and Ashley Valley Sewer Management Board.



The Central Utah Project Completion Act (CUPCA), PL-102-575, was enacted by Congress on October 30, 1992 directing Central Utah Water to complete the Central Utah Project. CUPCA provides for the planning, NEPA compliance, design and construction of the features to complete the Central Utah Project. Environmental mitigation and conservation are implemented along with conservation measures. The water supply created by CUPCA through construction and conservation will supplement water supplies to the communities of Utah within the District boundaries.


Central Utah Water Water Development Project, or CWP, will provide approximately 53,300 acre-feet of high quality culinary water and approximately 10.500 acre feet of secondary water to customers and communities located northern Utah and southern Salt Lake counties. In 2005, Central Utah Water purchased from the former Geneva Steel Company approximately 42,400 acre feet (AF) of water rights and other water-related assets. By combining these groundwater rights with surface water rights previously purchased by Central Utah Water over the years, Central Utah Water is now able to sponsor the CWP, a project that will provide a reliable water supply of approximately 63,800 acre feet annually under full development and that is projected to be developed over 25 years.

CWP Features Map

Current Development

  • Bid Information

    For more information on which projects are open for bid from Central Utah Water, please visit our official bid page.
  • Olmsted Project

    The district is currently in the early phases of the Olmsted project. For more information, please follow the link to the official project page.

Conserving Today

Central Utah Water is at the forefront of water conservation efforts in Utah. As the steward of the water resources in the 8-county jurisdiction we serve, part of our responsibility is to conserve water for both current and future generations. In everything we do, from construction and maintenance, to administration and education, water conservation is our highest priority.

Central Utah GardensDemonstrating and encouraging wise water use in Utah landscapes

The Central Utah Gardens is located at the main headquarters in Orem and specializes in educating the public on smart landscaping to conserve water. To view more information including activities, plant lists and more, please visit their website.

Garden Site

RebatesGiving back to the public

Rebates are offered to the District's serving area for water-efficient irrigation products. Visit the rebate site for more information.

Rebate Site



The CWP generally consists of a 36-inch pipeline that conveys treated surface water from the Don A. Christiansen Regional Water Treatment Plant (DAVRWTP) west to the Vineyard area where it will be mixed with high-quality groundwater from Vineyard Well Field. The mixed groundwater and surface water is conveyed in the North Shore Aqueduct (NSA), a 60-inch pipeline, northwesterly to the North Shore Terminal Reservoir, a 40-million gallon terminal storage reservoir located in northwest Saratoga Springs. Deliveries from the NSA are made to Vineyard, Lehi, Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain, and Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. As demand requires, the Cascade Pumping Station and Cascade Aqueduct will be constructed to convey untreated surface water from the Provo River to the DACRWTP.

Water Quality

Each water treatment plant utilizes a comprehensive maintenance program to safeguard each process from equipment failure that could lead to plant disruption or threaten water quality. Protecting public health through continuously delivering high-quality drinking water requires a well-trained and dedicated staff committed to total water quality.

Treatment Plants

Central Utah Water, in its role to develop water resources and meet the water requirements of the counties within the District area, has built and currently operates water treatment plants, wells and storage facilities in Duchesne, Uintah, and Utah counties. These facilities provide dependable, quality water on a wholesale basis to meet the needs of communities, ensure public health, and maintain public trust. Our treatment operation personnel are committed to providing safe and reliable water to each of our customer agencies. The District considers protection of our sources of water we treat as the first effort to providing high quality water. The District participates in professional association, supports research projects, and continues efforts in water quality excellence through the Partnership or Safe Water program. We participate in watershed monitoring programs such as the Provo River Watershed Council and sample raw water from each of the sources to our treatment plants.


Prepare 60 is a plan prepared by the Utah Division of Water Resources and the major Water Conservancy Districts in Utah . The plan is to prepare for substantial population growth by replacing and repairing infrastructures, reusing water and water transfers, and developing new infrastructure and water supplies. To learn more about the project, visit the website.

Prepare 60 Site


Central Utah Water, recognizing the importance of tracking recorded information, has developed a Records Management System to preserve and protect those records vital to the successful operation of the District, the Central Utah Project (CUP) and Central Utah Project Completion Act (CUPCA). Central Utah Water recognizes the enactment of the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA), UCA 63-2-101 et seq. and its application to District Records. To read GRAMA, visit the Utah Division of Archives. For Information Collection Practices, please refer to our Notice to Provider of Information Document

You may request a District record by completing the Public Request for Records form and returning it to the District's Records Manager. The form is in PDF format and can be printed, filled out and returned to the Records Manager, Chris Calton.

Chris Calton
Records Manager

355 West University Parkway Orem, UT 84058


Fax: (801)-226-7107