As you know, the State of Utah is currently experiencing historic and extreme drought conditions and above average temperatures. Because of this, on May 13, 2021 Governor Cox declared a State of Emergency and issued an Executive Order to implement aggressive water conservation plans. In addition, the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, a provider of some of the City’s outdoor water supply, recently informed the City that it will cut our normal supply of irrigation water by 20% and will stop supplying water two weeks early on October 1st rather than October 15th.
The City has taken steps to reduce its watering of all open space and park areas by 50%. In addition, we will be putting the golf course on a reduced watering plan in an attempt to conserve water.
The City asks you to please observe the following restrictions given to us by the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District:
- Limit watering of turf and landscaping areas to twice weekly. We know that this will have an effect upon how your grass looks, but your turf will survive this limited watering technique. One watering is equal to 20 minutes of overhead spray or 40 minutes of rotor spray.
- Only water between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
- Delay the installation of any new landscaping projects this year. Also, for new landscaping, consider xeriscaping techniques or other low water use methods for beautification.
- All outdoor watering is prohibited after October 1st. This restriction will be strictly enforced throughout the City and the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District Area.
You can view additional tips and more information at
Weberbasin.com and Conservewater.utah.gov/weekly-lawn-watering-guide.
The Weber Basin website is very informative on how to conserve water, how to perform a water audit for your property and contains many other important conservation techniques. In future years, the City will need to implement permanent water conservation strategies. In preparation for future conditions, the City is currently performing a comprehensive analysis of its water system, sources, storage and distribution. Part of this study will include a review and recommendation of a water rate structure that strongly encourages water conservation, particularly in areas where culinary water is used for outdoor watering.
We know that these restrictions will be a challenge, but thank you in advance for helping the City and our region to conserve water.
City of North Salt Lake