It’s always a good feeling when winter storms bring snow to Utah’s mountains, especially when the state’s drought has been so severe that the governor declared a state of emergency not long ago. All this snow is helping! Precipitation totals for the water year that began Oct. 1 were above average in every major river drainage through the end of February.
Nonetheless, the fact remains that we have a huge gap between the water we need now and in the future and the water resources that we have available. Utah, after all, is an arid state. Data from the Utah Division of Water Resources indicates that unless we conserve more water and develop new sources, we won’t have enough water to meet the demands of a population expected to grow to nearly 6 million by 2065.
What’s the very best thing we can do to ensure a future water supply for our children and grandchildren? Conserve now! Here are some concrete things you can do to help:
Visit Utah Water Savers to learn if you qualify for any rebates on water controllers or other products that help reduce water use. Follow the link on our homepage to see if you qualify for a new water-saving toilet!
Bookmark the Slow the Flow website and use it this spring, summer and fall to ensure you’re not using too much water on your landscaping. While you’re at it, follow those links to some fabulous demonstration gardens that can show you what waterwise landscaping looks like. These gardens are great resources for educating yourself about outdoor water use.
Educate yourself about all things water! The Utah Division of Water Resources offers a number of links about planning for the future and educating your children today.