Mayors & Green Groups Launch New Water Conservation Program to Reduce Utah’s High Water Use Amid 4th Year of Drought

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Article courtesy of Utah Policy | April 20, 2015 | Utah Policy | Shared as educational material

The Utah Rivers Council is proud to announce a new water conservation program with Salt Lake County, Murray City and the Utah Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

“We are committed to providing our residents with the tools they need to conserve water and help prevent water pollution,”

“With 2015 having one of the lowest snowpacks on record, now is the time for Utahns to start capturing this free, legal water at their homes and businesses,”

After the barrels are purchased online, they will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 9th from 10 am – 2 pm at Murray Park (296 East Murray Park Avenue, Murray, Utah 84107).   Volunteers will be on hand to teach residents all they need to know about rainwater harvesting and the importance of water conservation.

Scores of cities across the U.S. provide incentives to residents who purchase rain barrels because they recognize rainwater harvesting as an effective way to reduce demand on municipal systems.  All these cities have been distributing the same rain barrel to tens of thousands of homeowners for many years.

Murray and Salt Lake County are subsidizing the cost of rain barrels for their residents to reduce water use and improve water quality.  This subsidized program is designed to incentivize people to use rainwater.  The program partners hope the launch of RainHarvest will encourage other municipalities to participate and begin subsidizing rain barrels for their own residents.

“This program is an important step toward conserving and protecting clean water in our community because it offers an inexpensive and proven option to help people make a difference in their own backyards.”

Capturing rainwater improves water quality by storing water on site and preventing urban runoff from flowing through streets and gutters and washing pollutants into streams and lakes.  According to the State of Utah, around 70 percent of urban Utahn’s annual water use is outside the home, which means that collecting rainwater to use on landscapes can achieve significant water savings at a cost far-cheaper than importing additional water sources.  Rainwater harvesting is legal in Utah.

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