UTAH DROUGHT

Weber Basin Water Conservancy District considering strict summer limits on secondary irrigation water

Mar 8, 2022, 8:53 AM | Updated: Mar 10, 2022, 11:49 am
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SALT LAKE CITY — If you’re one of the thousands of property owners who use secondary irrigation water from the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, you might be surprised by the strict new limits planned for this summer.

The Deseret News says a Drought Contingency Plan calls for a 60% reduction in water use over the summer for residential users, with a 40% cut in agricultural use.

Normally, irrigation systems served by the Weber Water district are turned on in April. But it’s likely to be the middle of May before that water’s available this year.

It will be turned off in mid-September under the plan being considered by the water district board.

Lawns and gardens could only be watered once a week, and new landscape installations would be prohibited.

The district would impose the restrictions at its meeting on March 31st unless rain and/or snowfall increases significantly in the next few weeks.

The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District supplies water to more than 700,000 residents in Davis, Weber, Morgan, Summit, and Box Elder counties.

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