Water Conservation

Water Only As Needed

While this winter was better than some in the past, it was well below what is needed to pull Utah out of the historic drought it's experiencing. As such, we need to keep up and even improve our conservation efforts from last year. Right now, during the cooler and wetter days of April and early May, please only water your outdoor landscaping as needed instead of setting your clocks on a regular schedule. 

Water Conservation Tips

Additional water conservation steps you can take include: 

  • Installing a smart irrigation controller so you only water how much and when you need it. Purchasers of these smart controllers can receive up to a $75 rebate.
  • Adjusting your sprinklers to ensure they don't hit the sidewalk or your driveway.
  • Raising the mower height to 3-4 inches when mowing your lawn.
  • Fixing broken sprinkler heads.
  • Ensure your yard has waterwise plants. 
  • Spot water brown spots with a hose connected to your PI water.

See www.SlowtheFlow.org for more tips and information including a weekly watering guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the City water during the day? 

Large areas such as parks, schools, churches, etc. require a great deal of pressure to water. If those users areas also watered at night, nearby resident's water pressure could be impacted when they are trying to water. Further, the City's sprinklers are industrial sprinkler heads that mist less than residential heads, thus reducing evaporation. In addition, some spaces are so large and require so many stations, it's impossible to avoid watering during the day. 

 Why does the City water when it's raining? 

The City owns and maintains over 180 acres of landscaped parks, parkway strips, etc. That translates into an enormous amount of sprinkler controllers throughout the City. While newer areas have smart controllers, a majority of our systems are not upgraded. With only one full-time position over City sprinklers, it's unfeasible to shut off each sprinkler system and then turn them all back on again.

Is our drinking water supply at risk?

Culinary water (drinking water) comes from different sources than pressurized irrigation water.  Pressurized irrigation water is largely obtained from "surface sources" such as run off from American Fork Canyon. In contrast, culinary water is obtained largely through ground sources such as wells. Because ground water comes from deep in the earth, it is less susceptible to drought conditions than surface water.

If we have water shortages, why does development continue to occur?

When a development occurs within the City, developers are required to provide water shares to support the development they are building. The City then adds those water shares to our system to provide additional water for those new residents.