With the emergency drought declaration, heat waves, and worries about water, the City has received many questions about what residents can do and what the City is doing for drought response. The City of South Jordan takes the drought seriously. South Jordan was the first city in the state to have a dedicated water conservation coordinator, and we’ve recently added more water conservation staff. South Jordan was also the first city to receive the State’s Water Efficiency Award as a leader among municipalities in the effort to create a drought resilient state.
What Can I Do in Response to the Drought?
Every effort to reduce water consumption helps. Did you know 60% of residential water use is used for outdoor irrigation? Eliminating just one watering can save about 3,000 gallons for the average quarter-acre Utah yard with .17 acres of green space. Our lawns are resilient and actually develop deeper root systems when we don’t water as often.
Here are some water conservation measures:
- Follow the Utah Division of Water Resources (DWR) watering frequency recommendations.
- Avoid planting right now because it takes extra water to establish new plants.
- Prioritize your watering in this order: 1) Trees 2) Shrubs 3) Flowers 4) Grass.
- Have our certified water conservation coordinator give their expert opinion on ways you can be more efficient in your lawn watering through our City water audit program.
- Sign up and get more information at watersmartsojo.org.
- Sign up for our Water Customer Portal, where you can see your water usage.
- The portal gives you access to monthly, daily and hourly water use data for your home.
- By signing up you will receive a $20 credit to your water bill and an increased understanding of your water usage.
- Visit wateruse.sjc.utah.gov to register.
What is the City Doing in Response to the Drought?
We get a lot of questions about the City’s watering plan and use of water in parks. There is a lot that the City is doing to limit the amount of water use while maintaining park landscaping for recreational use. Here are some facts about how the City saves water:
- Though the Oquirrh Shadows Splash Pad already treats and recirculates water, the City has made some changes to reduce the amount of water that could evaporate.
- The City reduced the splash pad hours by 25% to 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (from 9:00 a.m–9:00 p.m.).
- The City will be installing timer buttons in the splash pad that will reduce the number of elements that will be consistently on during that shortened window of time.
- This could save more than 21,000 gallons of water per month.
- The City will continue to follow the State’s recommendation of not watering between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
- Please note that if you see any parks or park strips (the strip of grass or landscaping along roads) that the City maintains being watered outside of that window, it is because our crews are testing or making repairs to the irrigation system.
- The City recently passed an ordinance that prohibits grass in park strips in new developments and gives recommendations for water-wise yards.
- The City is in the process of hiring a consultant for a streetscape master plan, which will provide recommendations for water savings in park strips.
There are many ways that you can help the City conserve water. Visit watersmartsojo.org for more information about how you can save water and for information about rebates for water-wise fixtures, rock mulch and more.