Utah is the second driest state in the nation and is one of the fastest growing. It is estimated that by 2060 the current population of 2.8 million people will grow to about 6 million! The need to conserve water and reduce our per capita water use will be imperative in meeting the state's future water needs.
City Water Conservation Measures
- Work with Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (JVWCD) to purchase WeatherTRAK controllers for City parks. With a grant, we increased the amount of controllers from 5 to 17. Once installed, there was an instant reduction of 3 million gallons.
- Use smart secondary water filters which constantly monitor inlet and outlet pressures preventing water waste by only flushing when necessary
- Ongoing xeriscape projects: Vintage Park, Independence Park, Independence Trail network, Porter Rockwell Boulevard trail network
- Retrofitting all existing City park irrigation systems that will monitor and base watering on soil conditions
- Require all new development to treat and infiltrate storm water to recharge ground water aquifer
- Require all new developments to have water efficient landscaping, reviewed by City engineers, to include drip irrigation systems, no more 35% grass, and no grass in parking strips or slopes
- Building a way to reuse South Valley Sewer District effluent water for irrigation
- Reuse effluent water from Utah Data Center to water City main park
- Continuing to use grants to remove grass in non-recreation areas
- Installing meters on all secondary water connections in the City in the next 3 years, estimated 687 connections
- Expanding pressurized irrigation system to reduce drinking water demand
- Work with JVWC to inform residents of available rebates
- Continue to encourage residents to conserve water through newsletter, social media, and digital signage
JVWC RebatesClaim your rebates for the following at https://utahwatersavers.com/
- Toilet Replacement Rebates: Old toilets are a leading cause of wasted water in Utah homes. Rebates for $100 are available to residents who replace toilets installed before 1994 with WaterSense-labeled toilets.
- Smart Controller Rebates: Smart controllers help save water by automatically adjusting watering schedules based on local weather and landscape needs. Utahns can receive a rebate for 50 percent of the cost (up to $150) when they purchase an eligible WaterSense smart controller.
- Localscapes Rewards: Localscapes is an approach to landscaping designed specifically for Utah. Cash rewards and plan reviews will be given for landscaping projects that meet Localscapes requirements. Getting a landscape that thrives in Utah is now easier than ever.
- Landscape Consultations: Sign up for a free landscape consultation to get expert advice about watering practices, landscaping, and sprinkler systems.
- Flip Your Strip: Removing lawn from your park strip can save an estimated 5,000 – 8,000 gallons of water each year. Participants in this program can receive $1 per square foot for replacing the lawn in their park strip with a water-efficient design, or $1.25 per square foot if they attend a free park strip class.