Concerns over water shortage prompt water advisory

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Salt Lake City leaders are preparing for a possible water shortage this summer, which is why the Mayor Jackie Biskupski issued a Stage 1 water advisory.

The advisory is a reminder for residents of Salt Lake to be mindful of their water usage and to conserve.

“Thankfully, due to proper planning generations ago, we have a good water supply this year in our storage system — in our reservoirs,” said 

Laura Briefer, director of the city’s Department of Public Utilities.

Still, the advisory has been issued because of water concerns.

“We have lower stream water run-off, so the volume of water available in stream flows is below average,” said Briefer.

The stage 1 advisory is voluntary, city officials say, with an emphasis on outreach and education.

“We’re not saying that we have a water shortage, but what we are saying is that, as a community, we can all do really well by conserving water,” said Briefer.

She says the biggest drain on our water supply is summer watering, which is important to keep in mind in coming months.

Here is a list of things you can do, put together by city leaders:

  • Sign up for a free water check to determine efficient watering levels here: http://www.cwel.usu.edu/watercheck
  • Adjust sprinkler controllers to reflect the season and weather, including shutting off during rainstorms
  • Check sprinkler systems for broken or misaligned spray heads
  • Check indoor faucets and fixtures for leaks and repair promptly
  • Take advantage of the City’s water-saving tips and landscape information here: http://www.slcgardenwise.co 

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