Lehi Outlines Water Restrictions To Combat Drought

Jun 4, 2021, 7:23 AM | Updated: Jun 9, 2021, 3:14 pm

LEHI, Utah –  City leaders have been working to spread the word this week on water restrictions and what is and what is not required after acknowledging some confusion among residents over new rules.

Officials outlined on the Lehi City Facebook page and on the city’s website that residents “should only water up to three days per week with at least 48 hours between the start of your watering cycles for each of your irrigation zones.”

“This does not apply to garden areas, new seed or sod,” the post stated on Wednesday. “We strongly recommend only watering two days a week in June.”

Public works director David Norman said like other municipalities across the state, Lehi is facing difficult choices amid ongoing drought conditions.

“I don’t know that we’ve ever seen it quite this bad,” said Norman, who has worked in water management and public works for over 20 years. “Our streams are only flowing at 30% of average right now. Our snowpack is 40% of normal.”

He noted the last time Lehi city faced restrictions was in 2015.

“If we don’t conserve earlier, we will have to put heavier restrictions on later,” Norman said.

Norman said the city’s aim was to educate but cautioned that second and third offenses could bring $100 and $500 fines, respectively.

“We’re hoping that people will actively conserve this year,” he said. “An average cycle in your sprinkler system uses between 3,000 and 4,000 gallons, so that’s a lot of water in one cycle.”

Lehi resident Richard Yocom and his son-in-law, Ryan Trane, were spot-watering with a hose late Wednesday evening and acknowledged the restrictions were probably warranted and much-needed given the drought conditions.

“If you don’t have something, people are just going to go ‘hog-wild,’” Yocom said. “I hope that we can get some rain coming sometime soon. That would be nice.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Utah Drought 2021

Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune

Lawn gone: ‘Localscaping’ may save water, but can it rescue the Great Salt Lake?

The idea is catching on in cities as Utahns shift their thinking about landscaping. The trick is ensuring enough water trickles downstream.
16 days ago
Follow @https://twitter.com/jellis9...
Josh Ellis

Church to reduce watering at temples, meetinghouses across West

Lawns and landscapes at some temples and meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may be allowed to brown and become dormant as the Church reduces watering across the American West.
2 months ago
FILE: (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)...
Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Eagle Mountain residents encouraged to water twice a week

Residents in Eagle Mountain have been encouraged by city officials to water their lawns twice per week due to rising temperatures.
2 months ago
(Mike Anderson/KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson

Utah firefighters train and prepare for hot, dry summer

There's a high potential for several wildfires as drought conditions continue to plague Utah, and firefighters from eight different counties are working together to prepare for the upcoming fire season.
2 months ago
Matt Gephardt & Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

Thousands complain of water waste – but how is it enforced?

Lots of people are not afraid to call out water wasters. But are those complaints to water officials investigated? And does anything happen to stop the waste? KSL Investigator Matt Gephardt went fishing for answers.
3 months ago
The East Bench of Salt Lake City receives a dusting of snow the morning of May 9, 2022. (Jed Boal/K...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Drought coordinator: Hold off on watering; consult the weekly lawn watering guide

The cool, wet spring Utah is having is exactly what the state needs in the midst of this historic drought. The wet weather won’t really make a dent in the drought, but it can help everyone save water, if we take advantage of it.
3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Lehi Outlines Water Restrictions To Combat Drought