In the arid west, water resources continue to be a heavily discussed topic. Drawing from a blend of surface and ground water, we have been fortunate to have had so much water in the past. Although we are not in immediate risk of running out of drinking water, this year, several areas of the state will have to significantly cut back their use of secondary water to ensure supplies last. Utah faces significant challenges in the near future as our population is expected to double by 2060. This means we will have to stretch our water supplies about twice as far as we do today to keep up with demand. Luckily, saving water can be easy and fun. Below are some ways to start small to spur big changes to help keep Herriman a great place to live and grow.
Follow these five simple steps to improve irrigation efficiency:
Did you know that the average lawn receives two to three times more water than it needs to flourish? If just 75% of homeowners water their landscapes based on its actual water requirements, Herriman City and Salt Lake County can easily achieve our water conservation goals.
There are several ways to avoid overwatering your landscape. Using multiple options may maximize conservation efforts.
The Localscapes rewards program (including "Flip Your Strip") provides financial incentives and design direction to help you transform your property into a water efficient landscape. The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District has created an excellent resource for everything related to outdoor water savings. Visit localscapes.com to see extensive plant catalogs, landscape plans, and have all your landscaping questions answered.
As drought conditions progress, water conservation will become increasingly important. Conserving water in your home will help reduce strain on public water systems and allow for more water storage ensuring that there will always be enough drinking water to go around.
While maintaining sufficient reservoir levels is critical, so is allowing water into our streams, rivers, and lakes to support essential ecosystem services. The Great Salt Lake contributes greatly to Utah's hydrologic cycle by providing a warm environment where water condenses into the lower atmosphere before being returned as snow in the Wasatch and Uintah mountain ranges. Considering that the majority of our water sources are dependent on this "Lake Effect," it is very important that we consider how to preserve these natural systems so that we may continue to live a healthy life in such a beautiful place.