More water woes in Utah County as American Fork mulls restrictions

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  • seespotrun American Fork, UT
    June 21, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    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.

  • meagain orem, UT
    June 21, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    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 over watering.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 21, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    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.

  • Beaver Native Garland, UT
    June 20, 2013 11:32 p.m.


    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.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2013 9:46 p.m.

    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.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    June 20, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    Beaver Native; If they tell the residents that they can't water they should set the example

  • snowman Provo, UT
    June 20, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    andyjaggy: Then your city would fine you for not taking care of your yard

    June 20, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    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.

  • Beaver Native Garland, UT
    June 20, 2013 5:33 p.m.

    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.

  • CVgal Smithfield, UT
    June 20, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    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 next year!

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    June 20, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    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.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    June 20, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    The whole state is dry. It is time to be careful with fire(works), and do not waste water!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 20, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    We are only in June and Tibblefork Res is drying up. Never seen it so low this soon. Scary.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    June 20, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    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.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    June 20, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    If there are water restrictions, then tell the cities to stop watering on city property, cemetaries and schools.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    Turns out running sprinklers all the time after a second consecutive below average snowpack isn't very sustainable.