Utah governor calls for greater water conservation efforts, like turf buyback program

Utah Drought

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) – Utah’s governor and other state officials are preparing to give an update on the current drought conditions.

Governor Spencer Cox and others discussed the current efforts to save water led by the Department of Natural Resources and regional water authorities during the Thursday press conference.

Utah Department of Natural Resources executive director Brian Steed says cities across the state are saving millions of gallons of water under new policies. Gov. Cox echoed those sentiments, saying Utahns are using less water as well.

Steed says Utah continues to face widespread drought despite the monsoonal moisture we have been seeing.

According to Gov. Cox, Utah’s water agencies are working to develop a state water plan that will be co-authored.

In addition to urging Utahns to continue to conserve water, Gov. Cox discussed new policies his administration is hoping to push forward, like a buyback program for turf and secondary water metering. The four measures he hopes legislators take up during the next session include:

  • Statewide installation of secondary water meters
  • Integrate land use planning with water planning
  • Optimizing agricultural water use
  • Expand a statewide turf buyback program

Governor Cox was joined by Lt. Gov. Deidre M. Henderson; St. George Mayor Michele Randall; Bart Forsyth, general manager, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District; Ricky Maloy, water conservation manager, Central Utah Water Conservancy District; Jon Parry, assistant general manager, Weber Basin Water Conservancy District Carl Mackley, general manager, Box Elder Water Conservancy District; and Sen. Wayne Harper.

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