MILLCREEK — The pyramid consisting of 600 orange buckets representing 3,000 gallons of water was designed to display how much water a typical irrigation system uses during just one cycle.
The Home Depot, the Weber Basin Conservancy District, the Utah Division of Water Resources and the Utah Governor's Office of Management and Budget have partnered to promote water conservation and protective measures in case of a drought.
“If we can eliminate or reduce one irrigation cycle on that sprinkler system, we can save 3,000 gallons of water,” said Darren Hess, the assistant general manager of Weber Basin Water Conservancy District.
Each entity has taken individual measures to contribute to the project.
From June to August, the Home Depot is implementing signs promoting environmentally friendly landscaping, WaterSense products and various rebate programs — which American Fork store manager Kristin Calderwood said she is "very excited" about.
“We’re committed to bringing our customers the highest-quality, best product and most environmentally friendly product," she said. "But more importantly, we want to make it easy for the consumer.”
Calderwood added that switching to WaterSense products, a utility brand that aims to conserve water, can save about 4,000 gallons of water a year.
Similarly, the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, which provides water for Davis, Weber, Morgan, Summit and Box Elder counties, has tried to educate its consumers on how much water they're using and encourage them to use less.
“I think people have a difficulty understanding how much water they’re really putting on their landscapes” Hess said.
In addition, the Utah Governor's Office of Management and Budget is promoting the term "conservation ethic," which state planning coordinator Evan Curtis hopes will encourage all Utahns to "take part in the effort to save water."
“One of the great things about Utah is we really do have an ethic of working together and working hard,” Curtis said, adding that Utah is the fastest growing state in the nation and is growing at double the national average, which means water resources are more likely to run out in the future.
Lastly, the Utah Division of Water Resources has changed its logo to increase attention, and changed the layout of its website to make it more user-friendly. It is also inviting residents to take a water-wise pledge, which can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/h2oath.3 comments on this story
Faye Rutishauser, the water conservation coordinator at the Utah Division of Water Resources, said the organization will also be running advertisements on Pandora and various podcasts.
“We’re excited to take conservation to the next level,” Rutishauser said.
Each organization is encouraging Utahns to conserve water for the future, even though the state had an extreme winter that brought an abundance of water.
"This is something that we all need to do, whether it’s a wet year or a dry year,” said Eric Millis, the director of the Utah Division of Water Resources.
More information can be found at water.utah.gov.