In April, Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox declared a state of emergency due to the drought conditions throughout the state.
In this order, Gov. Cox asked all Utahns, “households, farmers, businessmen, governments, and other groups, to carefully consider their needs and reduce their water use. We saved billions of gallons last year and we can do it again.”
As of April, over 99% of the state was in severe drought and more than 43% in extreme drought. With the state’s population expected to double in the next 10 years, this is expected to be an ongoing challenge and a reason to permanently change longstanding water use practices.