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 3 times as much water on their lawns than necessary.
On March 17, Governor Cox issued a State of Emergency due to our extreme drought conditions. Eagle Mountain City is committed to doing its part in conserving 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.
Shortly after the state of emergency declaration by Governor Cox, Eagle Mountain City began planning the implementation of its drought mitigation plans. These measures are seen as practical and reasonable methods of reducing water use in Eagle Mountain City. We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we work together to lessen the effects of an extreme drought.
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.
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.
Utah State University and Eagle Mountain City have been partners in water conservation for a few years now. Eagle Mountain City is assisting in USU’s effort to develop a very useful resident resource called WaterMAPS that is nearing completion. WaterMAPS will allow residents to see if they are over or under watering their landscapes each year.
It is well known that Eagle Mountain City and the Cedar Valley area have a unique climate. Thanks to Utah State University, Eagle Mountain City has two advanced weather stations, located in Pony Express Park and the Nolen Park annex. These weather stations provide precise real-time and historical data. You can view real-time conditions at the links below, or connect your smart irrigation controllers to these stations.
USU also conducts free water checks for residents each year. Through this service, a trained checker comes to your property and conducts tests on your in-ground sprinkler systems to evaluate their efficiency, identify repairs or adjustments that should be made, and recommend an irrigation schedule specific to your property.
One of the best ways to conserve water is to choose plants that are drought tolerant. USU has done analysis on Eagle Mountain soils and its climate and has created recommended plants lists and planting guides for residents of Eagle Mountain.