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BYU study finds over half of Utahns are watering too much

May 31, 2022, 6:00 PM | Updated: 7:45 pm

BYU study finds we need to stop watering as much as we are....

Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson (R-Kaysville) says a l ot of work is being done during the legislative session on water issues. Photo credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

(R-Kaysville)

SALT LAKE CITY — More than half of Utahns are watering too much, according to a study on water use from BYU.

The study made a comparison between people’s lawn health to their outdoor water bills. The results found that a lawn only looks better with more water to a certain point. Past that point, overwatering will not make your lawns look better. 

“As water users apply more water to their landscape, landscapes get healthier, but only up to a point,” BYU Civil and Construction Engineering Professor Rob Sowby said.

Furthermore, Sowby recommends looking at weekly city water guides to find that optimal point.

“You can save a lot of water without sacrificing how your landscapes look,” said Sowby. 

Check out the weekly lawn watering guide here

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BYU study finds over half of Utahns are watering too much