Businesses are urged to contact their landscape professionals and ask them to begin the process of reducing watering times and even shutting down systems for the year. Each year there are residents who complain about businesses that are watering way too late in the fall every day.
“It’s simply wasting water,” says Klotz.
The Division has set a statewide goal of reducing per capita water use by at least 25% by the year 2050. Since the year 2000, water conservation efforts have resulted in a reduction in per capita water use of about 18 percent. This year, water use has been up. However, Klotz states, “But that is to be expected, because of the hot dry summer we’ve had here in Northern Utah, especially early in the months of May and June. We are trying to get residents in Utah to change their habits, water only what your landscape needs and create a long term water conservation ethic. And based on our water use monitoring efforts over the last 10 years or so, it looks as though the public is responding. This summer, people used less than they did in other past similar climatic periods. And with the reservoir storage becoming quite low, it would be wise if we all curtailed watering the rest of the season. Besides, in a few weeks, it will eventually rain and get cold, just as it always does this time of year!”
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