Turf conversion grants awarded to seven Salt Lake County cities

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson announced Thursday $1.1 million in turf conversion grants for seven cities across the Salt Lake Valley. Using funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARPA), post-performance grants will be distributed to 21 approved projects across seven cities to support conversion of turf on municipal property to water efficient landscaping.

“This is a visionary program and we’re helping cities who are already doing great things in working with their residents to be waterwise and eliminate some of the grass throughout our county,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson. “Water conservation is not one city’s duty, not one county’s duty, it’s not one household’s duty – we will make a difference by making the change together.”

In total, the projects of the participating cities will remove 412,000 square feet of non-functional turf, saving 9 million gallons of water annually.

Recipient cities include:

  • Bluffdale
  • Riverton
  • Sandy
  • South Jordan
  • Taylorsville
  • West Jordan
  • West Valley City

The effort is part of a collaboration with Salt Lake County, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, and the Utah League of Cities and Towns to supply resources to support water conservation.

“We are leading by example, so we are flipping the strip at our own City Hall,” said Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson. “Water is so important but it isn’t handled the same in every city, so we’re excited to be able to individualize this and do what works in our city.”

Today, with the help from mayors and council members from every recipient city, West Jordan kicked off one their projects with a “turf turn” to commemorate the occasion.

“We wouldn’t ask our residents to do something the city isn’t willing to do, as well, so we’re starting at our own house,” said West Jordan Mayor Dirk Burton, who climbed into a mini excavator to begin the turf conversion project at West Jordan City Hall. “If enough people do these little things, it makes a big difference.”