This article gives an inaccurate impression. I live in American Fork and, just
moments ago, received two email alerts from the city. One of these encouraged
conservation and listed hours (6 p.m. to 10 a.m.) that residential customers
should water, but did not initiate mandatory measures. I know we live in a
desert. I know water is limited. I know our population is growing. What I
don't like is this crisis mentality that is akin to the "boy who cried
wolf". If there is something to report, report it accurately. If you read
the article very very carefully, I guess one could assert it is technically
accurate. But it gives a false impression that something mandatory is about to
occur in American Fork.
Need to start the conversation with the cities and how they are watering the
parks. Every morning i am shocked at how much water is wasted in the park i walk
my dog in. the over coverage of sprinkler heads. There is one section of this
park that there are 4 sprinklers that are covering the exact area. Another park
i go to in the evenings is a marsh land from being water logged with all the
Simple solution: Get rid of golf courses. A nine hole course takes 1 million
gallons of water A DAY to maintain. Those who are rich, tasteless, and
easily-amused can find another hobby that's not such a water hog.
Snowman,I disagree. We need to have somewhere to go and have some
recreation. Public parks and recreation areas provide a needed service and
promote healthy lifestyles, and I know some people who enjoy a daily walk in a
well-kept cemetery in order to get away from everything. However, landscaping
around public buildings needs to be adjusted to be more in line with our
climate.I think we all agree that something needs to be done, but we
disagree on what that something should be. Perhaps a city considering long-term
solutions could have its citizens vote from among a few alternatives.
Some one wrote in the paper commenting on the water war with Nevada over
underground water that Salt Lake City (as an example for all Utah cities) should
look more like Tucson. We need to drastically change our landscape look and
regulations.City governments will have to revise their codes for
lawns and such. Many people want to use less water but archaic laws and
stubborn city councils will not see the way the water wind in blowing and force
green lawns on us all.We are temporarily here in Wichita Falls, TX.
There is a first class drought going on. "Pray for Rain" signs are on a
lot of lawns, we are at stage 3 and probably go to stage 4 this summer. We miss
Utah water to drink. We filter our drinking water or buy it at the store. Oh, how about charging people the real cost of the water we use, that
would change landscaping. Try using secondary treated water for watering, or
rigging a way to divert gray water from the house to the garden.
Beaver Native; If they tell the residents that they can't water they
should set the example
andyjaggy: Then your city would fine you for not taking care of your yard
I agree with every one of the first 8 posters. Utah is a desert and we do NOT
need northern European green lawns all summer.
Utah's overall water situation is not a short-term problem and will get
worse as the population grows. More needs to be done to encourage or even
mandate landscaping appropriate to the climate. Too many people are of the
opinion that restrictions are okay as long as the restrictions are put on
someone else.City parks, athletic facilities and cemeteries need to
be maintained green, where possible. but other than that, it's time that
public and government entities set the example and install more appropriate
landscaping for the climate.
To be able to water four days a week doesn't seem very restrictive! Our
town is down to two days a week and for three hours only each day. If
they're that low, they need to cut a couple of more days out per week -- or
they won't have anything left for late August and September -- let alone
Lehi, water wise, is the proverbial Canary in the Coal Mine water wise. Prehaps alot of Utah cities should borrow Mesquite, Nevada's
Residential Landscaping codes. That is, new home construction don't have
these water sucking lawns. Also a program offering Home owners cash to remove
their lawns and means to substitute drought tolerant native plants instead would
buy Lehi some time until other water supply and demand issues can be addressed.
The whole state is dry. It is time to be careful with fire(works), and do not
We are only in June and Tibblefork Res is drying up. Never seen it so low this
I like having green grass, but if I let the grass go brown I won't have to
mow and trim as often... I see a win either way.
If there are water restrictions, then tell the cities to stop watering on city
property, cemetaries and schools.
Turns out running sprinklers all the time after a second consecutive below
average snowpack isn't very sustainable.