Is Provo in Washington County?

Washington County Water Conservancy District
August 15, 2016
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Is PROVO in Washington County?
Have you noticed the postmark on your U.S. Mail?  It’s postmarked in Provo, UT!! I had no idea Provo was in the St. George / Washington County area. Ever wondered, “why is the mail I’m sending from Ivins, Santa Clara, St. George, Washington, Hurricane, etc. going to Provo before it goes to the person or business I’ve mailed it to in Ivins, Santa Clara, St. George, Washington, Hurricane, etc?”  Southern Utah residents why we still have the Pony Express when it comes to mail delivery.  Shouldn’t your letter leaving southern Utah on Tuesday arrive to who you sent it to in southern Utah the next business day or maybe the day after?  Guess what? It doesn’t.
Quite often a letter mailed from St. George to someone in St. George will easily take 3 and sometimes 4 or more days for delivery.
So, why the postmark in Provo?

According to a Deseret News article, “The Postal Service has established one and two-day standards in Utah as in most of the rest of the country. An imaginary line has been drawn east and west across the state, roughly between Provo and Orem. Mail delivered from a city in a section to another city in the same section should be received within one day. Mail delivered from one half of the state to the other should be received in two days.”

The article continues, “That means a letter mailed from Tremonton to St. George should take only 2 days to arrive.”  Hmmmmm……….so why is it 3 days or longer from St. George TO St. George?

When the 84790 zip code was established and the Post Office on Riverside Drive in St. George was built during Bill Clinton’s tenure as President of the United States, many southern Utah residents believed “now we will have faster postal service with a St. George postmark.”  Sorry folks, that just isn’t the case.
Continuing with the article, I thought this especially funny, “We are service-oriented. That’s part of our name. We are mandated by the public to get the mail to them in a timely manner. People want something they can depend on.”
I can’t speak for everyone in southern Utah and certainly do not fault any of the postal workers in Washington County but I think the wheel is broke, don’t you?  Please share your comments and feedback.
Also, how much do you use the U.S. Postal Service in 2016 versus 2006?  What has changed and why?
And, to the U.S. Postal Service, I think St. George and the residents of southern Utah are ready for a St. George, Utah postmark. Don’t ask Congress for permission though. It will never happen.

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