Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District asking communities to reduce water use

May 12, 2022, 7:45 PM | Updated: Sep 22, 2022, 10:35 am
Sprinkler water-wise utah drought...
Water shoots out of a sprinkler in Herriman on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District is asking communities to reduce water use. Scott G Winterton Deseret News

WEST JORDAN, Utah — The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District is asking communities to reduce water use by 10%.

This request comes after an official water supply restriction was adopted during Jordan Valley Water’s board meeting on Wednesday. Voluntary reductions in water use fall under Level 1 restriction, according to a press release. 

“Efficient water use is always important,” said Cory Rushton, chair of Jordan Valley Water’s Board of Trustees in a press release. “But in years when available water supplies are lower than average, taking proactive measures to reduce water waste is essential.”

Reduce water use is important

Mandatory watering restrictions are not in place for Jordan Valley Water at this time. However, leaders say water use reductions are still necessary. 

“Our communities voluntarily reduced water use by more than 10% when facing drought conditions last year,” said Bart Forsyth, general manager of Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District in a press release. “Our hope is that those efforts continue into this year.”

Forsyth says water that is not used in 2022 will not only help with the existing demands but will also help improve future water supplies, should the drought continue beyond this year.

In an effort to meet its reduction goal, Jordan Valley Water is asking communities to limit outdoor watering to no more than twice a week. Additional guidance can be found here.  

“It’s critical that we respond appropriately to the current drought conditions and adopt practices that
will help us to better prepare for future droughts in our communities, “said Alan Packard, assistant
general manager of the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District in a press release. 

Packard says Jordan Valley Water’s drought plan consists of five drought response levels triggered by a variety of things including evaluating water supply availability, snowpack levels, temperature trends, and probable conditions for the following year.

Jordan Valley Water says the available amount of water this year has required a Level 1 response.

Read more:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team. here.

Today’s Top Stories

Utah Drought

Low water is pictured at the Great Salt Lake and a new bill is aiming to study the lake...
Dan Bammes

Senate passes Romney-sponsored bill to fund Great Salt Lake study

A bill to study the Great Salt Lake passed through the Senate with a unanimous vote on Wednesday. The bill would provide $5 million per year in funding.
7 days ago
Gov. Cox mental health...
Mark Jackson

Utah’s Coordinated Action Plan for Water released this week

Utah’s Coordinated Action Plan for Water was released Wednesday by Gov. Spencer Cox and state agencies.
8 days ago
Dry lakebed...
Kira Hoffelmeyer

Lawsuit looms over tiny fish in drought-stricken West

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists have notified U.S. wildlife officials that they will sue over delayed decisions related to protections for two rare fish species that are threatened by groundwater pumping in the drought-stricken West. The Center for Biological Diversity sent a formal notice of intent to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service last week […]
16 days ago
The Great Salt Lake Collaborative in California. The team consisted of The Salt Lake Tribune, Deser...
Amie Schaeffer

The Great Salt Lake Collaborative wins $20,000 prize in ‘Local that Works’ contest

The Great Salt Lake Collaborative gains national recognition with the top prize in the 'Local that Works' contest. The collaboration is a group of 23 media organizations and community partners focused on the plight of the Great Salt Lake.
18 days ago
Chad Cranney, Assistant Wildlife Manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, pilots a fan ...
Sheri Quinn, Utah Public Radio and Ben Winslow, Fox 13 News

Many options for helping the Great Salt Lake; the simplest — use less water

Saving Utah's Great Salt Lake has become a vital issue as it sits at it's lowest level in recorded history.
21 days ago
The Great Salt Lake is pictured with a receded water line...
Mark Jones

Water levels are too low for some Great Salt Lake sensors

KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank says the Great Salt Lake is again at a historic low, and at least one sensor is no longer in the water.
23 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District asking communities to reduce water use