Save water by watering flowers, not cement, says Utah

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Utah, like the other western states, is dry this year. The State’s Division of Water ResourcesOpens in a new tab. (DNR) says that 100% of the state is experiencing drought and is encouraging residents to conserve water.

DNR estimates that Utah could save more than 20 billion gallons of water every summer if everyone were to water according to a guide that it has implemented called “Slow the FlowOpens in a new tab..” In the State’s effort to encourage water conservation, “Slow the Flow” offers a weekly lawn watering guide and other resources such as an easy-to-use database on water wise plants to help conserve water.  It also offers clever slogans, such as “Water flowers, not cement.”

Governor Declares A Second State of Emergency; Water Restrictions.

While the “Slow the Flow” resources are generally upbeat, another State of Emergency was declared by  Governor Spencer Cox last week due to extreme drought conditions. The declaration is aimed to help victims get federal help.  Fox News 13Opens in a new tab. warned, “Utahns can expect new water restrictions and strict enforcement.”

The City of St. George, seat of Washington County, has enacted a “Time of Day” ordinance that limits outdoor watering to between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. to reduce water evaporation. This has created a new problem, with a quarter of water deliveries occurring between 4 and 6 in the morning, creating a pressure drop in the City’s distribution system.  The City is encouraging its residents to be a part of “The Fix — Don’t Water Between 4-6 AM.”


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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June 15, 2021 10:16 pm
I wonder if restrictions not just in the summer, but year around will eventually be a consideration. That way it wouldn’t be such a panic when summer nears, and the restrictions wouldn’t feel like restrictions…Just a way of life to preserve water. The slogan of not watering cement does make you conscious of how we all can be guilty of wasting water. It’s so common to do, and see the watering of the lawn and cement simultaneously.

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