Residents in Washington and Kane counties have made great progress in reducing water use.  From 2010-2015, Washington County reduced water use by more than one billion gallons, or 9 percent, even with a 13 percent increase in population. Washington County’s average water use is lower than nearly 60 percent of the other counties in the state despite being the hottest and driest region in Utah, according to the 2015 water data released by the Utah Division of Water Resources. This is significant given this region’s outdoor irrigation season is four months longer than northern Utah’s.

Conservation, rebate and education programs include:

  • Universal metering
  • Discounted impact fees for water wise landscapes
  • Tiered water rates
  • Landscape ordinances
  • Time of day watering ordinances
  • Requirement of a water conservation plan for municipal customers
  • Water efficient landscape workshops
  • Public information programs/school education
  • System water audits, leak detection and repair
  • Free outdoor irrigation efficiency audits for residences and businesses
  • Smart controller irrigation technology
  • Water Smart irrigation rebate program
  • Water Smart commercial upgrades equipment rebate
  • Training and certification of landscape training professionals
  • Financial incentives for irrigation upgrades
  • Large landscape conservation programs and incentives
  • EPA WaterSense appliance rebates
  • Statewide water-wise plant list and tagging program
  • Public athletic fields conversion to artificial turf grant program
  • WaterSense toilet/urinal rebates
  • Multi-family high-efficiency washer rebate program
  • Funding for local and statewide media campaigns