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Published: Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:05 p.m. MDT

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U Da man
Lehi, UT

I took my kids to tennis lessons at the Lehi City Sports Park last week at 10:00 am and the sprinklers were running in a huge section of the entrance but were shooting 30' out into the road. An hour later, they were still running and the water was running down the gutters. I'm all for doing my part, but the city is a major consumer of water as well, and better maintenance and scheduling needs to be in their plan as well. We should see yellow spots from conservation at city offices and in the parks before we see them in my yard.

I don't see any mention of it here, but I've recognized much lower pressure in my pressurized irrigation all season. Seems like that would be something the city should communicate to residents as well.

DVD
Taylorsville, 00

First, are there technology solutions that could be explored for bringing more water volume to the supply of Lehi?

Second, will we have certain groups staging protests against the restrictions because of 'socialist restrictions of personal freedom'?

Big Bubba
Herriman, UT

Bought a new home on a half acre lot 2 years ago. Put in a lot of decorative rock, mulch, expensive weed fabric, and drip lines. So many of my new neighbors went all grass. It seems that many Utahns haven't figured out that we live in a desert.

Bubble
SLC, UT

Maybe we will get some global warming in July to help relieve the situation.

Who knew living in a desert with finite resources would mean people would need to use caution?

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

Big Bubba,

Utah is dry, even one of the driest states, but we don't live in a decrepit wasteland.

The problem isn't that we use too much water, it's that we use it too unwisely. The city says 'no water between these hours' and the schools nearby were violating it. When people brought it up, the reply was "due to the system we use, we have to do it at this time". On what planet can a watering system not be altered or replaced? A couple years ago a man was fined for collecting rain without a license. In what way is this just or even remotely rational?

Grass needs very little water if covered in shade. Trees can provide a lot of shade. This isn't rocket science.

From Ted's Head
Orem, UT

I'm going to agree with Bubba that large expanses of grass are a part of the problem. Trying to make Utah look like England or New England is just a waste of resources. Our water supply in not infinite and with continued population growth in Utah County we will reach a point where we permanently have to curtail watering lawns so capriciously. I, too, have a 1/2 acre lot with only a small front lawn and a back lawn that is shaded most of the day by mature trees. I've already cut the lawn area by 2/3 in the 10 years we lived at this property. No, I don't fit in with the neighbors and their uniform lawns, what with their sprinklers running every day in July and August. Wake up folks and look at where you live,

J-TX
Allen, TX

Welcome to our world.

We have plans for Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 water restrictions. In my 8 years in Collin County, TX, we have never been at Stage 0.

southmtnman
Provo, UT

I see LDS Church properties throughout the valleys using tons of water, with nice, green lawns - big lawns, too!

Malihini
Northern, UT

Why not have more decorative rock coverings and xeroscape plans, like how they do in Nevada and Arizona? By looking at some of the big UT lots with big lawn and garden areas, you would think this in new in UT. I think the cities should provide incentives for drip systems, rock coverings, etc. and they should lead the way by designing their schools, parks, and city buildings with this in mind. They don't all have to be covered in rock, but clever designs can make the areas look nice and conserve water. Of course this would require looking beyond the UT borders which seems to be very difficult for some in this state.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

To southmtnman:

The church always tries to abide by whatever the local ordinances are and by whatever restrictions might be in place. I've never seen them ever do otherwise. There are some people that would also complain if they didn't have nice looking landscaping.
Interesting that you didn't mention noticing the lawns of any other religions.

Denver Brad
Highlands Ranch, CO

If they start a tiered pricing system for culinary water--i.e. raising rates for residential usage above 4,500 gallons per month, people would start making a lot of these changes voluntarily.

New to Utah
PAYSON, UT

Having sat on a budget board for 6 years and seeing how infrastructure,sewer,water, storage work, it is amazing that what is now happening in Lehi isn't happening in more places. The growth that Utah allowed or encouraged to happen during the past decade is going to have consequences because as a dry,desert climate this growth is unsustainable. Developers have been able to continue to build while infrastructure, water lagged behind. It is going to be an issue of sustainability and quality of life sooner rather than later.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

Those of you who think that putting all those rocks around your house is great, think again. Using rocks in place of law is bad because it heats up during the day, and releases that heat during the night. This in turn makes it so that homeowners using rock in place of lawns have higher electricity bills due to the increased demand for AC to cool their homes. Homes with lawns benefit from a cooling effect as water evaporates from the lawns. Granted, you should water wisely and not water every day so that your lawn will develop deep root systems that make more efficient use of the water.

So, which is it, do we use water, or pollute the air as we draw more electricity to cool our homes?

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Except that those same rocks would cool at night and then cool the house into the morning longer, or if you use light colored rocks that reflect light (heat) they don't heat up as much like the white gravel in AZ.

Either way the heat those rocks put off don't change the temperature much in the heat sink of a city covered in blacktop.

Perhaps if development wasn't a free for all and we didn't build in places like Tickville, then change the name to Eagle Mnt. which never had the water for development in the first place, this wouldn't be such a problem.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

Where I live, we are permitted four hours per WEEK for outdoor watering. There are fines for watering anything outside (no car washing, outdoor laundry etc.) except during the four hour time period. Many residents have abandoned their lawns and plants, and a few have switched to zero-scape yards. The exception in the area is the football field; that grass is green and well watered.

I agree that there is much too much housing development in SLC and Utah counties.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Bubble
"Maybe we will get some global warming in July to help relieve the situation."

By making it warmer and even less humid? Can't be any worse than recent Junes though. June 2013 has seen 0 precipitation and June 2012 had only a trace.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Happy Valley Heretic" according to the Colorado University Extension office, rocks form a Thermal mass. "In warmer locations, a rock mulch can significantly increase summer temperatures and water requirements of landscape plants.

In Phoenix, Arizona, the urban heat island (with all their rock mulch instead of grass and trees) has significantly raised day and night temperatures. The upward convection of heat has become so strong that summer storms go around the city, not raining on the urban heat island."

So, the rocks do not help to cool, nor do they release all their heat at night. Infact, they heat things up and make what plants are there need more water.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

Lehi, water wise, is the proverbial Canary in the Coal Mine.

Prehaps alot of Utah cities should borrow from Mesquite, Nevada's Residential Landscaping codes. That is, new home construction should not have these large water consuming lawns. Also Utah Cities should offer Home owners cash incentives to remove their lawns and provide means to substitute these thirst lawns with attractive drought tolerant native plants instead. These programs would buy Lehi and other Utah Cities time until some other water supply and demand issues can be addressed.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "BYU Track Star" why would we want to do that? They did that same thing in Phoenix, and turned their city into a huge heat island. The heat island is so bad that daytime and nightime temperatures are now higher (not AGW related). The heat island has the bad side effect of pushing clouds away from Phoenix.

Do you really want to heat up our cities, and cut the amount of water we get even more? Your solution will only make things worse.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

I live in Lehi and have only ever watered my lawn Mon, Wed, and Fri during the hot times of year. The water restrictions have not affected me much. My root systems are deep enough that most of my lawn can handle even a week without water.

As for Lehi City public parks, drive around and look. Lehi City's grassy areas are drying up, the city is being a good steward of current water resources.

The bigger issue was the culinary problem, it's good that it was resolved this weekend.

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