St. George officials encourage residents to conserve water amid continued drought

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ST. GEORGE (ABC4 News) – As fall moves forward, there are water worries in Southern Utah and new thoughts how officials might deal with those who use too much.

With the start of seasonal restrictions, there’s a new push on to keep as little water as possible from being wasted down the drain.

“Well, we’re certainly behind where we were last year in terms of carryover reservoir storage. We have had a pretty good October, so we’ve had better soil moisture conditions than we have some years,” said Ronald Thompson, General Manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District.

 Thompson said we’re still in a drought, with last year as the worst ever. He adds now is the time to cut back.

“We’re obviously moving well into the fall and people can water less. Right now, most people should be watering maybe one time a week,” said Thompson.

St. George Mayor Jon Pike agrees and says most people are doing a good job saving the water, but for those who are not on board…

 “It might just be that again, those that are using the most and especially if it seems out of the norm should probably pay a higher rate, “said Pike.

Pike and other city officials talked about the possibility last week. He said nothing has been finalized and they’re talking to other cities about water as well.

Meantime there is good news. 

“We’ve gone from 400 gallons per day to 254 gallons per day.  That includes residential, commercial and industrial. It’s everything divided by our permanent population.  So that’s really good,” said Pike.

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