The water year that began on October 1, 2018 is shaping up to be another dry one, judging from the snowpack so far this winter.
While we hope that big storms later in the winter make up for a poor start, as of November 20 the snowpack above Draper was in the 25%-50% range of normal for this time of year.
What does this mean for WaterPro customers? Most of our water supply comes from snowpack and its runoff. While we also get some water from wells, sparse snowfall in the valley means that those underground aquifers aren’t getting recharged as they should.
A very low snowpack means a bleak water outlook for next summer.
While we can and do buy water from other sources, they also get water from the mountains, so prices will rise to reflect the scarce supply.
As always, we urge our customers to practice wise water use both inside and outside:
- Fix leaks! A faucet that drips once per second wastes five gallons per day.
- Upgrade your irrigation system to use less water. Drip systems and better-designed spray heads can save tremendous amounts of water.
- Redesign your landscape to use less water. Winter is a great time to think about ways to improve your property.
- Replace old appliances and fixtures with newer ones that use less water.