The Utah Division of Water Resources has listed seven water providers as non-compliant for failing to submit updated 2014 water conservation plans, which is required under Utah’s Water Conservation Plan Act.
This last year, 76 water providers were required to update their Water Conservation Plans; 69 did so and are compliant.
DWRe is committed to working with each system to ensure they prepare water conservation plans that are WCPA compliant. The following water providers have been notified of their non-compliant status, as required by the Act:
- Bluffdale Water System
- Garland City Corporation
- Lindon City Culinary Water
- Mt. Pleasant
- Pleasant Grove
- Saratoga Springs Municipal Water
- Wellington Culinary Water
“Water conservation is a critical component of Utah’s overall water strategy to meet the needs of our growing population and to enable Utahns to maintain their quality of life,” said Eric Millis, DWRe director. “By working in partnership with Utah’s water providers we can make significant strides toward better water conservation today while also finding solutions to our future water needs.”
WCPA requires water conservancy districts and retailers with more than 500 drinking water connections to prepare water conservation plans and submit them to DWRe. This requirement covers systems that provide water to about 93 percent of Utah’s population. The Act also specifies that water conservation plans are to be updated and resubmitted every five years and non-compliance is to be made public information.
To date, 149 of 156 water providers are compliant with the WCPA and are commended for their efforts in establishing conservation protocol and understanding the demand on their supply systems.
The WCPA has created an increased emphasis on water conservation as a foundation upon which the state can build a successful water framework. By reaching the statewide goal of reducing the per capita water use by at least 25 percent through 2025, the state will decrease the water demand by more than 400,000 acre-feet of water per year, or more than 130 billion gallons. This is enough water to fill Jordanelle Reservoir beyond its full storage capacity, or fill Energy Solutions Arena floor to ceiling 11,500 times on a yearly basis. Significant improvements are being made. Since 2000, Utah residents have decreased their per capita water use by 18 percent.