Utah’s Drought: What It Might Mean for You

Local news outlets are talking about the drought emergency declared by Governor Spencer Cox and what it means for the people of Utah. Some localities, such as Washington County in southern Utah, have already announced restrictions on watering times to conserve water.

What is happening in Draper?

WaterPro’s goal is to avoid imposing restrictions on water use, but it’s still early in the season and we don’t know what lies ahead for our region. We can’t control the weather, and continued blue skies and hot weather will put more strain on our already stressed water supply.

Make conservation a priority

One thing that we all can do, however, is to conserve water whenever possible.

  • Educate yourself about water conservation. WaterPro’s website is a good place to start.
  • If you’re planning to replace a toilet, shower head, dishwasher, clothes washer, or other water-using device, look for the WaterSense label.
  • Now is the time to make landscape improvements to beautify and drought-proof your yard. Visit the Conservation Garden Park website for ideas
  • Save while you conserve! The Utah Water Savers website contains valuable information about rebates for conservation measures
  • Do your part to prevent wildfiresNot only is the snowpack extremely low, but the soil and plants are also very dry, which could lead to a worse-than-usual fire season. Fireworks, target shooting, and campfires are the main sources of human-caused fires, so use extreme caution in any of these activities.

     

    What is WaterPro doing?

    WaterPro, like public water suppliers throughout the state, is constantly planning and monitoring to make sure we can provide an essential supply of water to our customers. Some of the actions we take include:

    • Master planning. We project our infrastructure and water needs at least 25 years into the future so that we can continue to serve our community as the population grows.
    • Drought planning. We know that recurring droughts are a fact of life in our arid climate, and we continually plan how to deal with various levels of drought.Utah is in a serious drought, and we cannot predict what will happen during the summer. But we know that together, we can work to mitigate the effects of the drought and conserve our most precious resource.