Water conservation

New Town of Layton ordinance encourages water-friendly landscaping

LAYTON, Utah – The city of Layton is implementing a new city ordinance in hopes of encouraging commercial developers to conserve water.

The flowers and landscaping outside Layton Town Hall are beautiful, but not all plants are drought tolerant.

Chad Wilkinson, director of Layton City Community and Economic Development, said they recently amended a city ordinance to remove warrants.

“As development continues and we get more and more housing, we need to look at the water supply,” Wilkinson said.

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The old ordinance required businesses to have at least 15 percent sod in their landscaping – primarily for curb appeal.

Although it looks good, the water it absorbs could be used elsewhere.

“It’s going to be a huge impact,” Wilkinson said.

The effects will be felt primarily by those who develop single family homes and commercial businesses.

Wilkinson also told FOX 13 that they are requiring model homes to use water-friendly landscaping, which is relatively new for those on the Wasatch front.

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“We have removed this minimum requirement and we now have a maximum requirement for turf,” said Wilkinson.

The numbers speak for themselves – with just a small strip of parkland, Wilkinson said it takes 12,000 gallons a year to water the lawn and 5,000 gallons to water the plants.

“It’s the right thing to do to adopt water conservation standards in the future,” Wilkinson said.

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