The last time we have had considerable amount of rain within our City was on April 27, 2021. It is looking like the State of Utah will be in the mist of a major drought this summer. The lack of snow fall this winter in higher elevations was very minimal compared to years past. This last month our rivers and streams should have been flowing at peak runoff, no considerable amount of change was observed. The Governor placed watering limitation on State owned facilities and has requested local municipalities to adopt stricter requirements to address the water shortage. Currently, Santa Clara City is also looking at several options to reduce water usage and continue to maintain our beautiful City.
There are several things an individual homeowner can do to reduce wasting precious water. One of the biggest contributing factors is not properly adjusting your automatic sprinkling systems. Many of our automatic sprinkler systems are scheduled to water during early hour of the morning, while we are still asleep. On the day your sprinklers have run, please take a moment to inspect your property/yard area for pools of water or signs of over spraying and make the corrections needed. You can also check for properly watering areas by manually cycling through your system to see if adjustments are needed. This is just one of the small things each of us can do to conserve water.
On April 28, 2021, Santa Clara City Council adopted Time-of-Day Watering Parameters. Sprinkler irrigation of all lawns and landscapes using potable (treated) water is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Secondary (untreated or reclaimed wastewater) water systems have limited capacity and are therefore exempt from this ordinance. Facilities irrigated with secondary water systems include public amenities (parks, golf courses, schools, cemeteries) and some residential neighborhoods. Using secondary water for irrigation extends our water resources and saves residents millions of dollars in annual treatment costs.
Additional information on conserving water from the Washington County Water Conservancy District: https://www.wcwcd.org/conservation/landscapes/watering-guide/