Water Conservation

Water Conservation  image with hand catching waterWater 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. 

What The City Is Doing To Conserve While Maintaining Our Open Spaces

Much of city landscapes and parks use smart irrigation systems (weatherTRAK) to water according to watering requirement needs. This system allows them to make adjustments with a central cloud based system. The system can be monitored and adjusted remotely. These systems also monitor and track flow and will send notifications on malfunctions in real time. This will shut off damaged irrigation, and allow 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 a 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)

A diagram showing water evaporation


  • The Saratoga Springs Parks Department maintains over 130 acres of turf. Much of this turf receives damage seasonally by recreation programming and citizen use. The parks department takes a proactive and responsible approach when maintaining our parks. 
  • We water between 6pm and 10am. We perform sprinkler maintenance during normal business hours. You may see sprinkler systems running at various sites if staff is working on a system in that facility.
  • We monitor our sprinkling systems to minimize over spray.
  • We use a 3 day watering schedule. This means that city maintained turf gets watered every 3 days unless it is newly laid sod or the grass at a specific facility has undergone more than normal damage such as Neptune Park after the Splash Days event. 
  • We use interval watering: Larger Parks may have three irrigation programs that water separately every three days, one program will water each night.   It may appear that a park is watering every night, however, it will be a different section of the park that is watering every three days.
  • If you see an issue with a sprinkler system please send a picture of the location of the issue and a description of the issue.  You can contact us through email, Facebook Direct Messenger or by submitting a ticket through the Saratoga Springs App (available on Android & IOS)

What the Parks Department is doing to conserve water in 2021

  • We are preserving field space while allowing grass in spaces not used for recreation programming and high use areas to go dormant.
  • We are maintaining a balance in unpreserved areas to maintain the health of the grass for the future while allowing it to enter a dormant state.
  • We are increasing the broadleaf weed control program to keep turf free from weeds while in a fragile state.
  • We are maintaining sprinkling systems so that they are running as efficiently as possible to minimize water waste.
  • We are continuing to research and follow best practices in maintaining sprinkler systems, watering, fertilizing and other turf maintenance. 

What You Can Do To Conserve 

Know your water use

  • Click here to sign up for the My Water Use Customer Portal.

Indoor

  • 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.

Outdoor

  • 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.

More Tips

More tips can be found at the following website:

Conservewater.utah.gov

Slow The Flow Save H2O

Information on Outdoor Water Conservation

Water Conservation Throughout the Home

A Student’s Guide to Conservation and Environmental Science