Water Conservation in Salt Lake County
Salt Lake County is committed to long-term water conservation amid frequent emergency droughts and changing environmental landscapes.
“Water conservation is a critical issue to the well-being of our community as we grow and adapt to the changes our landscape faces.”
— Mayor Jenny Wilson
Salt Lake County's Past & Current Efforts
Salt Lake County has 159 facilities and serves residents in lots of different ways.
New construction is being built with water conservation in mind. The County works with the municipality where facilities are located to meet local code and strives to achieve water-wise strategies.
For our older, existing facilities there's more to be done. We're working to plan out long-term updates that are fiscally responsible and within our budget.
Our Parks & Recreation division has been a leader in its industry, capturing efficiencies and protecting County assets, for example:
- It installed a central irrigation system to help manage and control parks water use, according to a Utah State University benchmark for healthy turf in Salt Lake Valley.
- Since 2018, Salt Lake County has been able to conserve 30% less than recommended water usage to care for turf.
- Salt Lake County's six golf courses total over 1,000 acres. All are managed with central irrigation systems to conserve water based on weather-related needs.
Salt Lake County's New Conservation Commitment
While Salt Lake County has already taken many conservation steps, we intend to do more in response to worsening drought conditions in our ever-changing environment.
We dived into our current use across divisions and challenged ourselves to make realistic changes in our operations in order to lead by example.
Salt Lake County will cut a minimum of 5% of its water use, saving approximately 43,324,909 gallons of water through the heaviest use months of May-October in 2021.
Salt Lake County plans to conserve enough water in 2021 to fill nearly 196 of our rec center lap pools.
Challenge to Residents
Salt Lake County wants to challenge residents to also conserve more water this year, by cutting 5% of your own water use.
There are more than 1.16 million residents in Salt Lake County. If 25% of residents reduced their water use by 5%, Salt Lake County as a whole would save about 2 MILLION gallons of water per day.
During the warmest months of 2021, this could total to as much as 336 million gallons conserved.
How to Cut 5% Water Use Outdoors
TIP #1: It’s Not Mist-ifying ... You Can Cut Sprinkler Use by 10%
What does a 10% reduction in sprinkling look like?
It's as simple as cutting one day out of your watering each week.
TIP #2: Don’t Be in Hot Water ... Water at Night
Did you know watering your lawn is more effective at night? You lose a lot of water due to evaporation during the hot sun of the day – as much as 20%-30%.
Do something that saves you money + water.
TIP #3: Get a Broom!
Your neighbors don’t want to see it, and neither do we. Don’t clean your driveway with a garden hose; use a broom to sweep it instead. Sweeping will first loosen dirt and grime, which will decrease your water use and save you time.
TIP #4: If It’s Hitting Cement, It’s Lawn Gone
"Waterever" you do, don’t water your sidewalks or driveway. Your grass and plants get no benefit and the water gets wasted. Adjust your sprinklers to maximize the important areas they water!
TIP #5: There’s Planted Evidence
An easy way to conserve water at your home is to have a drought-resistant landscape. There are so many flowers and plants native to Utah and the desert that will keep your yard looking lively, beautiful and save water! Visit a local nursery to find the best ones to fit your landscaping or the Conservation Garden Park website for ideas.