LPP Needed to Weather Drought
Drought conditions are impacting 98% of Utah and Washington County is in the extreme drought stage. With triple digit temperatures and below average precipitation, the Washington County Water Conservancy District (district) continues to emphasize the importance of water conservation programs for residents and businesses. Water users are urged to continue saving water both indoors and outdoors.
Even being the hottest, most arid area in Utah, Washington County has decreased its per capita use 30% from 2000-2018, during which time the population nearly doubled. Local cities and the district have invested more than $70 million in activities to save water. In addition, the district has encouraged developers to install water efficient landscapes and develop secondary water systems to irrigate parks, schools and golf courses.
Dry conditions underscore the need for the Lake Powell Pipeline, which will bring more water to southwest Utah. The area doesn’t have another water source if drought or other issues were to surface with the Virgin River. Climate change places the area at greater risk. The Virgin River is a small desert tributary and is more vulnerable to drought and climate change than the larger Colorado River.