city's wide main street is bordered by tall, lovely trees; but her rural
lanes once lined with Lombardy poplars are dying out now that the once-filled
irrigation ditches have been replaced by sprinkling systems. The climate
is mild; a very deep accumulation of snow is prevented because of its
proximity to the Great Salt Lake. The average summer high temperature
is in the 80s; the average summer low is in the 50s; the average winter
high is in the 40s; and the average winter low is in the 20s. The average
water year rainfall is 11 inches of precipitation.
12 January 1867, the city by 1910 had a population of only 1,000; but
by 1990 the figures indicated 4,480; and by 1992, 5,500. From 19.13
square miles at incorporation, the city has decreased in area to 15.63
square miles because of a request by residents in the northern part
of the city for de-annexation. A city culinary water system became operational
in February of 1940, using mountain water from North Willow Canyon.
That pipeline is no longer in use, however; water is provided by three
deep wells. A sewer system for the city was not operational until December
1971. An earth-filled dam with a storage capacity of 3,370 acre-feet
of water was completed by the Grantsville Irrigation Company in 1985.