A federal judge has blocked the state from releasing water into the Bentwood and Lakeside lakes, saying the state is not legally allowed to release it into the lakes.
The state of Utah said last week it would let people get rid of the waste in the lakes by taking it to a landfill.
The waste will be disposed of in the Bentwaters’ Lake Mead aquifer, which is being used for water distribution and irrigation.
The judge said the state did not prove it had the right to do so under the law.
The state was ordered to release the waste by July 8, but the judge said it could not do so until August 31.