December 2018 Update
Governor Herbert has declared a state of emergency for Utah because of drought conditions. Unfortunately, previous studies have shown that Highland residents use almost double the amount of water necessary for outdoor watering. Because of drought conditions and our over-watering, we are using up the limited amount of storage that we have in our reservoirs. We're anticipating a warm winter with low moisture, which means all Highland City storage will be gone this year if we don't make a change.
We need to realize that low moisture levels are a climate change we are seeing in Utah. And because water ties into everything in life, from how much food we produce to our energy supplies and economic opportunities, it is time to consider what we need to do to not only survive but thrive in desert conditions.
Because of all of these issues, Mayor Rod Mann issued a Water Conservation Proclamation on August 7, 2018 regarding water restrictions on outdoor watering with penalties including written warnings and fines. These restrictions will continue to be in effect when the water comes back on in April. While it may seem like this is a long time away, now is the time to start preparing and making changes.
If you haven't done so already, we would encourage you to install water-efficient faucets, shower heads, and toilets in your home and add an EPA WaterSense-labeled sprinkler controller for your lawn. Purchasers of these smart controllers can apply for a 50% rebate from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District.
Thank you for doing your part to help us conserve. If we each do our part, we can preserve our valuable water resources. If you have any questions, please contact us at 801-756-5751.
Portions of this article were adapted from an article written by Central Utah Water Conservancy District.