This latest executive order declares a state of emergency in Utah, and will allow communities and agricultural producers affected by the drought to have access to federal emergency resources.
According to the Utah Department of Natural Resources, 100% of the Beehive State is currently experiencing drought, with 90% of the state experiencing “extreme drought.”
Gov. Cox previously declared a state of emergency on March 17 due to the ongoing drought in Utah, and issued another executive order on May 3 requiring water conservation state facilities.
The May 3 executive order forbade irrigation at state facilities between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., required sprinklers to be shut off during rain storms, and ensured landscape water systems were operating efficiently.
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