Utah cities take part in rainwater conservation program

Mar 12, 2024, 5:00 PM

Rain barrel water can be used in a garden hose to water plants and grass. (Canva)...

Rain barrel water can be used in a garden hose to water plants and grass. (Canva)


SANDY, Utah — Fifteen Utah cities and counties have announced that this year, they’ll take part in a rainwater conservation program, called the Utah Rivers Council Rainharvest Program.

This is an effort headed by the Utah Rivers Council, to help conserve water used for landscaping. 

Here’s how it works: you buy a 50-gallon rain barrel for $55. You set that outside during big rainstorms, then, all the captured water is yours. According to the Utah Rivers Council, the water from the rain barrels isn’t meant for drinking, but for watering plants and grass.

The program has been available for 10 years, but this expansion is something that people like Ogden City Councilman Ken Richey are excited about.

“This is just another small step that we can take, knowing that those small steps can have some big effects,” Richey said.

Utah rainwater program in other cities

Cottonwood Heights Associate Planner Ian Harris said the Utah rainwater project is a great opportunity for residents of his city to meet conservation landscaping standards.

“These rain barrels really help residents more efficiently meet those standards,” he said. “It’s really a great affordable way for our residents to do their individual part for the greater good and the environment, while also being able to save a good amount of money on water usage.”

Here are the cities participating in the Utah Rivers Council Rainharvest Program:

  • Millcreek
  • Salt Lake County
  • Cottonwood Heights
  • Murray
  • Sandy
  • Taylorsville
  • Lehi
  • Orem
  • Park City
  • Mountain Regional Water
  • Summit County
  • North Ogden
  • Ogden
  • Weber County

To get these rain barrels, you can to this website. Barrels will be distributed during  first week of May.

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