Why water is amazing
Water makes us
Most of the human body is made of water (60%) and our brains are almost entirely water (80-85%). We can survive a month without food, but only a week without drinking this life sustaining liquid.
Water grows the food in Utah’s gardens and our grocery stores. Everything we eat needs water, from meat to vegetables. Water nourishes the plants and trees that give us shade, cleans our air and creates oxygen for us to breathe.
Water is necessary to suppress flames and extinguish fires. It protects property and saves lives. Water regulates the core temperature of our planet, absorbing solar radiation and distributing moisture around the globe.
Water is joy
From whitewater rafting to running through sprinklers, water delights and entertains us. It can calm a troubled mind or fill us with a surge of adrenaline. If we preserve and protect our resources, there’s plenty of water for everyone.
Water is the best medicine. Without it, dehydration causes headaches, illness and organ failure. Through hydrotherapy, intravenous therapy (IVs) and cleaning surgical tools, the medical field relies heavily on water to heal.
Water powers us
Utah’s hydropower plants are a renewable energy source that provides electricity to homes and industry. Water is used in manufacturing to fabricate, process, wash, dilute, cool and transport the products we use everyday.
Simple ways you can conserve
Quickly fix leaks
A leaky faucet can waste thousands of gallons of water and add costs to your water bill. Keep your plumbing updated and free of unecessary drips and leaks.
Organic mulch can help reduce evaporation around your plants and shrubs. Use a drip system for even less waste and maximum effect.
More plants die from over-watering than underwatering. Constantly drowning your vegetation is a surefire way to shorten its life.
Weed your weeds
Pesky weeds are more than just an eye sore. They syphon water from other healthy plants and shrubs. Fewer weeds, means all around less water use for your landscape.
Adjust your mower
Adjust your mower to a higher height setting. Longer grass not only shades your grasses’ root system, it also holds in moisture for a healthier, greener home turf.
Wash Fido near flowers
When washing your pet outside, locate an area of your yard in need of watering. That way you can have a clean dog and greener vegetation.
Lawn watering guide
This weekly guide is updated using the prior week’s weather conditions. Its purpose is to help you use only the water you need for plants to be able to keep up with evaporation. Every yard is different, so an adjusted watering schedule may be needed for particular microclimates.
Learn more about how to protect Utah’s water resources, get rebates and participate in events and programs that will optimize your home and landscape to save you money while you’re saving water.
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