December 26, 2023 –– The Utah Division of Water Resources reports that as the year winds down, northern Utah is experiencing a modest improvement in snowfall, but the south lags with subpar snow levels. The state is preparing for various outcomes with 105 days left until the usual snowpack peak.
Utah’s Snow Water Equivalent, a measure of water content in snow, is somewhat lower than typical for December. However, soil moisture is currently at a healthy level, promoting good spring water flow, supporting agriculture, and helping ecosystems.
Reservoir Levels Hold Steady.
Utah’s crucial reservoirs are at 78% capacity, about 20% above the average for this season. These levels are expected to remain stable until the spring melt.
Planning, Preparing & Saving.
Director Candice Hasenyager of the Water Resources Division remains optimistic but cautious, saying, “It’s early in the season, and I’m hopeful Mother Nature will deliver some much-needed snow, but we are planning for all possibilities.” The focus is on readiness for any snow amount through April.
The division urges Utahns to enhance indoor water efficiency by fixing leaks and installing water-saving fixtures such as water-efficient toilets.
To boost water conservation, the Department of Natural Resources champions initiatives like the Agricultural Optimization Program and SlowtheFlow.org. These efforts aim to educate and incentivize water-saving habits, making Utah more prepared for drought and future conditions.