Last year Governor Spencer Cox declared a state of emergency due to drought in Utah. This year a study said this was the worst drought in 1,200 years, calling it a "megadrought." That means that the lack of water and soil moisture in Utah is at an all-time low and it sparks a desire to fire up your sprinklers and water your lawn when you see that spring time burn. The City of South Jordan water conservation team recommends waiting to water your landscapes. The Utah Department of Water Resources also publishes a useful weekly lawn watering guide on their conservation website.
The City of South Jordan is committed to conserving water and the water conservation team is here to help you, our residents, do the same. South Jordan offers programs and incentives, with the support of the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, to make water conservation easy and affordable. Here are some quick tips to make sure you’re conserving water this year.
- Check the Weather: Take a minute to turn off your sprinklers when rain is in the forecast, or install a smart sprinkler controller for which the City offers a rebate for up to $50.
- Plan an Upgrade: New fixtures and appliances such as high-efficient toilets can save up to 80% more water. South Jordan offers rebates for making the switch! That's up to $100 per toilet and up to $200 for select fixtures.
- Check for Leaks: A leaking faucet can waste more than 3,000 gallons a year. A leaky toilet can waste more than 80,000 gallons, or enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. If you register with the Resident Water Portal, you'll get notifications if it looks like you have a leak.
- Add Curb Appeal: Convert your thirsty grass to water-wise plants and ground cover. This not only saves water, but adds a new look to your home. Plus, South Jordan offers free rock mulch for your parkstrip and a rebate for water-wise plants of up to $300!
Also, new this year, the City is offering a rebate of up to $250 to residents who remove grass and install curbing (either brick or concrete), and up to $500 for purchasing hardscape materials like concrete, pavers, or decks and patios. For more information visit watersmartsojo.org or call 801-446-4357.