Water is one of the most important resources we have in the State of Utah, and also one of the most limited. Utah is the second driest State in the Country yet it has one of the highest water usages per capita. As a City we are making conservation efforts to be implemented in our water distribution system. We have created a Water Conservation Plan (PDF) to help in this effort. We encourage our City and community in aiding our efforts to protect our water resource now and for future generations. The following is a list of things that you can do.
What The City Is Doing To Conserve
The Parks department is moving toward using smart irrigation systems (weatherTRAK) to water according to the watering requirement needs. This system has better control by being able to make adjustments with a central cloud based system. We can monitor and adjust the system remotely. These systems also can monitor and track flow and send notifications on malfunctions in real time. This will shut off damaged irrigation, and allows us to make timely repairs to avoid unnecessary water waste.
As a city we strive for water wise landscapes, native and drought tolerant plants, rock mulch, and xeriscaping. When it comes to watering, we aim to water to the plant’s needs. This is done by adequately keeping the root zone from reaching full depletion. There are many factors such as Evapotranspiration, soil types, root depth, Irrigation system efficiency, and slope. In a case of small rain storm that may not fully saturate the root zone of the plant, we may have to continue to irrigate to meet the plants needs in the soil. Below is an example of watering to the plant’s needs (max allowed depletion)
What You Can Do To Conserve
- Turn off your water when you brush your teeth.
- Limit your shower time to 5 minutes or less.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge, that way you won’t have to leave the tap running to get a cool drink of water.
- Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before running them.
- Install low-flow toilets and shower heads. New toilet models use only 1.6 gallons per flush saving up to 3 gallons per flush. Shower heads with a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute or less can save 40% to 50% more water than conventional shower heads.
- Pay attention to your water bill and become familiar with your water meter. Use them to track your water use and detect leaks.
- Purchase appliances that offer water and energy efficient cycle options.
- Fix leaky plumbing fixtures and appliances throughout your home.
- Locate your master water shut-off valve so that water can be saved if a pipe bursts.
- Tune up your sprinklers, make readjustments to alignment on heads and repair broken heads. Make sure that you are not watering your sidewalk or the roadway.
- Water your lawn and property only during the times established by the City.
- Plant drought tolerant and regionally adapted plants in areas that are hard to water or that receive little use. This may include narrow strips near sidewalks or driveways and steep hills.
- Sweep your driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of spraying them off with a hose.
- Change your lawn mower to a 3-inch clipping height and try not to cut off more than one-third of the grass height when you mow.
- Avoid bursting or freezing pipes by winterizing your outdoor spigots.