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WATER RESOURCES

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.

Sound water resource management includes conservation, increased efficiency and new infrastructure when necessary.

The Weekly Lawn Watering Guide through Slow the Flow is designed to help people develop sound lawn watering practices

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.

How can I be more water-wise

Water conservation is very important in Utah, and there are many great ways to become water-wise. There are a lot of helpful resources at Slow the Flow. and Utah’s water conservation page, like the Weekly Lawn Watering Guide. Your local water conservancy district may have additional resources, including water conservation rebates and regional-specific information. You can also take your water conservation interest to the next level by taking H2Oath: Utah’s Water-Wise Pledge.

How do I report water-waste?

We all need to work together to conserve water. Water use needs to be reduced. We appreciate those willing to report abuses and we take these reports seriously. We are working with multiple public and private entities to become more water-wise. If you would like to report water-waste, you can do so through the division’s conserve water website.

Can you help me with a water rights question?

Water rights inquiries are managed through the Utah Division of Water Rights. You can gather their contact information from the DNR website, or the division’s page.

What kind of project do you work on?

Our division funds and works on several projects every year. We help with everything from dam safety, to improving agricultural efficiency.We also manage the processes tied to the State of Utah’s Lake Powell Pipeline Development Act and Bear River Development Act. The division is also responsible for analyzing the water use data gathered by the Utah Division of Water Rights.

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