With fire season around the corner, Utah reservoirs remain low

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On a statewide level, Utah’s reservoirs are at about 65% capacity, according to Fox 13Opens in a new tab..

Facing another dry year, water conservation — and in particular, cutting back — is going to be essential.  This means cutting back on outdoor water use by using xeriscapingOpens in a new tab., for instance, and cutting indoor uses by ten percent.  The Utah Division of Water ResourcesOpens in a new tab. offers information on how to conserve water in the semi-arid state.

Deseret News reports that “California, Utah and other Western states face a scary wildfire seasonOpens in a new tab..”  Fire responders in Utah are already in “preparation mode.”

The European Space Agency (ESA) has published satellite photos of Lake PowellOpens in a new tab., situated on the Utah and Arizona border.   The series of photos shows the drastic decrease in water levels since the year 2000.  “After decades of drought, water levels in Lake Powell, the second-largest human made reservoir in the United States, have shrunk to its lowest level since it was created more than 50 years ago, threatening millions of people who rely on its water supply,” ESA writesOpens in a new tab..  The ESA expects that drought conditions are going to get worse.



Reservoir fill levels can be checked on an interactive map.

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Archway in Moab, Utah (August 2020).  By Brooke Ramos and shared on Wikimedia CommonsOpens in a new tab..


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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