Water Conservation

Water 30% Less

Water flows from American Fork Canyon are only 30% compared to where they were last year and the lowest they've been in over 10 years!  To help get us through this irrigation season and preserve some water in storage for next year, we need to conserve. Unfortunately, a recent study showed that as a whole, Highland uses double the amount of water necessary for outdoor watering.  We need to cut back on our outdoor water usage and are asking all residents to do so by 30%. So, if your sprinkler stations water for 30 minutes, cut them back to 20. And be sure to follow the City watering schedule listed below. Doing so will not only help in conservation efforts, but will also ensure that everyone can get the pressure they need to water.

  • Even Numbered Street Address: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Odd Numbered Street Address: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
  • No Sunday Residential Watering, allowing the storage facilities to fill.
  • Watering hours shall be from 6:00 p.m. on the assigned day to 10:00 a.m. the following day.

Penalties for not following the watering schedule include written warnings, fines, and water lock off. See the water conservation ordinance for additional details. 

Water Conservation Tips

Additional water conservation steps you can take include: 

  • Installing a smart irrigation controller so you only water how much and when you need it. Purchasers of these smart controllers can receive up to a $75 rebate.
  • Adjusting your sprinklers to ensure they don't hit the sidewalk or your driveway.
  • Raising the mower height to 3-4 inches when mowing your lawn.
  • Fixing broken sprinkler heads.
  • Ensure your yard has waterwise plants. 
  • Spot water brown spots with a hose connected to your PI water.

See www.SlowtheFlow.org for more tips and information including a weekly watering guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the City water during the day? 

Large areas such as parks, schools, churches, etc. require a great deal of pressure to water. If those users areas also watered at night, nearby resident's water pressure could be impacted when they are trying to water. Further, the City's sprinklers are industrial sprinkler heads that mist less than residential heads, thus reducing evaporation. In addition, some spaces are so large and require so many stations, it's impossible to avoid watering during the day. 

 Why does the City water when it's raining? 

The City owns and maintains over 180 acres of landscaped parks, parkway strips, etc. That translates into an enormous amount of sprinkler controllers throughout the City. While newer areas have smart controllers, a majority of our systems are not upgraded. With only one full-time position over City sprinklers, it's unfeasible to shut off each sprinkler system and then turn them all back on again.

Is our drinking water supply at risk?

Culinary water (drinking water) comes from different sources than pressurized irrigation water.  Pressurized irrigation water is largely obtained from "surface sources" such as run off from American Fork Canyon. In contrast, culinary water is obtained largely through ground sources such as wells. Because ground water comes from deep in the earth, it is less susceptible to drought conditions than surface water.

If we have water shortages, why does development continue to occur?

When a development occurs within the City, developers are required to provide water shares to support the development they are building. The City then adds those water shares to our system to provide additional water for those new residents.