The Utah Division of Water Resources is the water resources authority for the state of Utah and is committed to identifying and implementing water management, conservation and development strategies to satisfy the state’s future water needs. With Utah’s population expected to double during the next 30 to 40 years, meeting future water needs will require a balanced approach of improved water conservation, enhanced efficiency of our current infrastructure and strategic development of new projects.
The need to conserve water and reduce our per capita water use is imperative to meeting the state’s future water needs. The Division supports Slow the Flow and has made a goal to reduce 2000 per capita water use by at least 25 percent statewide by 2025. This goal is being achieved by implementing several strategies that mostly include education, as well as some regulation.
For over 60 years, the Division has been involved in the planning, design and construction of water projects throughout Utah. With legislature appropriated funds, Water Resources oversees three funding programs that help this process. First, the Revolving Construction Fund, which provides resources for the building of rural drinking water systems, well development and the construction of irrigation systems. Second, Cities Water Loan Fund, which provides financial help for cities, towns and districts for the construction of municipal water projects. Third, the Conservation and Development Fund, which helps fund large construction projects, like dams and large municipal irrigation and drinking water systems.
Because of Utah’s arid climate, planning for future water needs of the state is critical. With the use of hydrologic analysis, computer modeling and detailed water-related land use data and municipal and industrial water use data, the Division is able to recognize water use issues, make projections for future water use and recommend solutions statewide. These recommendations are published into the Utah State Water Plan and detailed river basin plans.