Water conservation

Cities and counties turn to forming barrels for water conservation

UTAH (ABC4) – Amid Utah’s drought conditions, Utah government leaders are taking action to conserve the water we get.

A new initiative in 11 Utah municipalities is offering discounted rain barrels to residents in those areas.

According to the Utah Drought Monitor, most of the state is in severe or extreme drought conditions and natural water bodies are receding.

The goal for all participating cities and counties is to get people involved in their own water conservation through a new initiative called Rain Harvest.

“Capturing rainwater is going to be very important to us,” Taylorsville Mayor Kristie S. Overson said.

Normally retailing for $140, these areas will only have to pay $55 to have one of their own rain barrels, giving residents the option of conserving water on their own, instead of hopping around. rely only on the law.

“It’s equally important to invest in hyperlocal, bottom-up approaches,” Samantha DeSeelhorst
Associate Planner and Sustainability Analyst for Cottonwood Heights.

The aim is to involve families in their own water conservation and to be more conscious of their water consumption.

“It can really be brought to their families and their children, and involving children in water conservation and water resources is a great lesson to learn,” said Lisa Hoffman, assistant general manager, Mountain Regional Water. .

These rain barrels capture rainwater from the roof of a house and use a dish that catches some sediment from the roof and prevents mosquitoes from contaminating the water.

This water can be used for lawns and water gardens to reduce water consumption.

“We literally use tens of thousands of gallons in a household,” said Zach Frankel, executive director of the Utah Rivers Council.

And according to a UVU study, their large-scale use can have an impact on water conservation.

“We could reduce our water demand by 10 to 20 percent if we had very high adoption of rain barrels in the homeowner industry,” Frankel said.

Keep in mind that you should avoid drinking this water as the roofs can come off and leave sediment behind.

Residents of Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Cottonwood Heights, Murray, Taylorsville, Herriman, Lehi, Orem, Park City and Summit County and customers of Mountain Regional Water are all entitled to a discounted rain barrel, and if you live outside of these areas, you can still get one for $83.