Utah is spending $190 million to enact statewide water conservation measures

A little-known but very important state councilor on Thursday muddled money like it was water — all to enact some new conservation measures across Utah.

The Utah Water Resources Board approved spending $190 million in communities across the state to implement secondary water meters.

“In today’s state of Utah, water, as we know, is the number one issue,” said Rep. Joel Ferry, R-Brigham City, deputy executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources.

The board reviewed 70 different applications for grants and loans to offset the cost of installing secondary water meters that measure how much outdoor watering a home needs. Cities that have already implemented them have reported immediate water savings to the state.

“We’ve found that by installing secondary meters and letting people know how much they’re using, they reduce their water use by 20 to 30 percent,” said Candice Hasenyager, executive director of the Utah Department of Water Resources.

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This article is published by the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of Utah news organizations dedicated to educating readers across the state.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/08/11/utah-spends-190-million-enact/ Utah is spending $190 million to enact statewide water conservation measures

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