EM City Building, Planning, Neighborhood Improvement & Business Licensing now located at 3726 E. Campus Dr. Suites D & H.
Early Utah Pioneers were the first to practice water management as far back as 1847. Even after generations of research, construction of new infrastructure, and developing the water rights and shares system, Utah is still significantly impacted by periods of drought. In Eagle Mountain City, more than 75% of water use comes from residential use, and 90% of that water use is from irrigating landscapes. Research conducted by Utah State University has shown that on average, residents of Eagle Mountain put two times the water necessary on their lawns.
In April, Governor Cox issued a renewed State of Emergency due to our extreme drought conditions. Eagle Mountain City is committed to doing its part to conserve water this year and we hope you will do your part as well. We are fortunate to have some unique resources and services available to you. Start taking advantage of the resources and services today.
Long before Governor Cox’s emergency declarations, Eagle Mountain City has been investing significantly into its water and wastewater infrastructure that has been under significant strain from rapid population growth. City officials are working with various partners including the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Utah State University, and others to improve the City’s capacity to source water, provide resources to residents to reduce water use, and to mitigate the impacts of severe droughts. As the city continues to grow, major entities making Eagle Mountain their home, such as Meta, share in our commitment to maximize the use of water.
*NEW* Water Check Kits at Eagle Mountain Library
The Eagle Mountain Library has two water check kits complete with catch cups, guides, and more to help you conduct your own water check on your property. Drop by the library to pick one up today!
Eagle Mountain City Water Department staff will continue to reach out to known high water users to advise them that their usage is high. Residents with high consumption or concerns about usage are encouraged to reach out to the water department.
Ongoing Water Conservation Improvements
The City has already been actively working to be more efficient anyway it can. Significant investments are being put into the wastewater treatment facility to filter and treat wastewater turning it into “re-use” that can be applied to city properties. The City’s many thousands of sprinkler heads have been upgraded to be on smarter timers and controllers. Areas with nonfunctional turf are being converted to native turf that requires much less water to survive while maintaining the aesthetic appeal. The City is also working to enhance its water conservation plan and long-term water management strategies.
Enforcement against Daytime Irrigation
Evapotranspiration, or the combination of water evaporation from the air and surfaces on the ground, is at its peak during the daytime. Therefore, it is much more efficient to water during the late evening or early morning hours. Eagle Mountain City code prohibits irrigating during the hours of 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
A well-designed and maintained water efficient irrigation system is a crucial part of having the lawn and landscape you want. Utah State University has performed an extensive analysis on Eagle Mountain’s residential water use and found that on average, residents are using twice as much water as needed on their lawns. Overwatering is usually in direct response to dealing with a poorly designed, and poorly maintained, irrigation system. Irrigation systems also need to be able to adjust for weather conditions, seasons, and should be maintained well. You don’t need to rip out your irrigation system to make needed improvements. Use the resources provided to see how you can make changes to your system, or how you use your system more effectively and efficiently.
Traditionally, Utah landscapes are filled with grass, requiring a significant amount of water to maintain. Although turf grass is generally the best surface for play and other outdoor activities, the average property owner does not actively use all of the space that is covered in turf grass. Utah’s soil and climate is capable of supporting many diverse and beautiful plants that can provide amazing curb appeal, attract birds and butterflies, or create a peaceful retreat. Hardscapes can also create better uses of space such as gathering spaces, gardening spaces, and more. With a little effort, you can plan a water efficient landscape that rewards you more than a landscape with only grass. Use the following resources to help you get started.
Many have learned that the foundation of a strong lawn and landscape is a good understanding and management of soil composition. Eagle Mountain soils have common traits that should be adapted to, or improved upon, to maximize the health of the plants and the effectiveness of irrigation. Use the following resources to get to know your soil better and start making improvements.
Although you can make many improvements to your landscapes to reduce water use and consequently lower your water bill each month, you can also benefit from the incentives provided by the state, local water districts, and more. Rebates for removing grass from your park strip or purchasing a smart irrigation controller can make these conversions much easier on your wallet. If you plan on making any qualifying conversion, follow the links provided to see what rebates you may be eligible for. Note: some rebates require you to accomplish some tasks BEFORE making changes to your lawn.