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Posted on: June 21, 2022

City Plants Water-wise Xeriscape Arboretum

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South Jordan offers a robust water conservation program, including having a full-time dedicated water conservation coordinator, rebates for taking out your turf as well as replacing home fixtures with water-conserving ones. Using that program, residents saved thousands of gallons of water. While our residents are doing an amazing job at conserving water and taking advantage of the programs we offer, we've had people ask, what is the City doing?

What is the City doing to conserve water?

The City has multiple efforts in the works to conserve water for the long run. Here are a few highlights of ongoing and new programs.

  • Planting a Xeriscape Arboretum: On the east side of Midas Pond is a large area originally comprised of open space grass. Within this area, the Parks Department developed a xeriscape arboretum, equipped with a walking path and a large sampling of water-wise trees. Ultimately, each tree will be labeled, and this will serve as a resource for residents to identify water-wise trees that will work in their personal landscape. The project was partially funded by the Utah Division of Natural Resources and the United States Forest Service.
  • Park strip Master Plan: The Parks Department is working with a consulting firm to inventory all City-owned park strips to identify which ones can be converted from grass to low water use areas. We firmly believe in the value of water conservation and are working diligently to conserve water wherever there is opportunity. 
  • Park Landscape Redesign Effort: Recently, the Parks Department conducted a walkthrough of all park assets within the City to identify areas where non-essential turf grass could be converted to water-wise landscaping. The result is a multi-year effort to conserve water by removing turf grass and overhead irrigation in key park areas.
  • Public Works Building Landscaping: We removed turf grass and pop-up sprayers around the building and replaced it with driplines and water-wise plants.

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