Drought Information

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2022 Drought Response

In response to the ongoing, historic drought conditions within the Weber Basin drainage, Weber Basin Water Conservancy District has evaluated appropriate watering restrictions for this irrigation season. These watering restrictions are heavily influenced and supported by the District’s 2018 Drought Contingency Plan (“DCP”) which brought together numerous stakeholders including agricultural users, municipalities, irrigation companies, and industrial users to determine the most appropriate measures and demand reductions to implement based on our areas drought conditions.

As a result of actions taken by all our water users including delays to outdoor landscape watering, participation in District conservation programs, landscape modifications, and other climatological factors our areas water supply has benefited. In accordance with the District’s Drought Contingency Plan our area will be moving from a response level 5 (Extreme) to a level 4 (Severe). Consequently, the following updates to the District’s drought response will occur:

  • Effective Immediately
  • District agricultural contracts will be allocated 70% of their contracted volume.
  • District wholesale irrigation contracts will be allocated 60% of their contracted volumes.
  • District wholesale M&I contracts will be allocated 90% for portions exclusively for indoor use and 60% for portions utilized for landscape watering
  • Effective June 12, 2022
  • Residential secondary contracts will be allowed to water twice weekly. Please see Unmetered Customers section below for additional information regarding watering times for differing sprinkler types.
  • Metered customers weekly allocations, identified on their customer portal, will be updated to reflect this increase, and will now be accounted for on a monthly basis.

Ongoing mitigation measures that remain in place include a planned early termination of the irrigation system deliveries for both wholesale and retail contracts of mid-September

The following water restrictions remain in place.

Drought Watering Restrictions

Violation Fee Schedule
1st Notice
2nd $250.00
3rd $500.00
4th $1,000.00
Water will be turned off for remainder of irrigation season.
Metered Customers
  • Metered customers can water any day of the week, as long as they stay within their monthly allotment which can be found by logging into their customer portal (allocation volumes will be updated prior to June 12th).
  • Usage over their monthly allocation will result in a violation.
Unmetered Customers
  • Starting June 12th 2022, no more than TWO waterings per week. A watering equals 20 minutes for overhead sprays, and 40 minutes for rotors, per zone. For questions about what type of sprinkler head you have, please reference our Sprinkler Type Reference Guide.
  • One day a week hand watering of established trees and shrubs.
  • Watering days for unmetered customers are determined by house number.
    House # Ends In Assigned Day
    0 or 2 Monday, Thursday
    1 or 3 Tuesday, Friday
    4 or 6 Wednesday, Saturday
    5 or 7 Monday, Thursday
    8 or 9 Tuesday, Friday
  • Watering outside of assigned day will result in a violation.
  • Delayed charging of the secondary irrigation/agricultural system to mid-May.
  • No watering between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
  • All new landscapes must adhere to our watering restrictions.
  • No hosing down sidewalks or driveways
  • Agricultural contracts will be reduced by 30%.
  • Wholesale and retail secondary irrigation contracts will be reduced by 40%
  • Wholesale culinary contracts will be reduced by 10%, with additional reductions proportional to the volume of culinary water used for outdoor irrigation.
  • District groundwater replacment contracts (Wells) will be reduced by 10% for indoor uses and 40% for outdoor uses (2 days a week waterings).
  • Early shutoff of secondary irrigation/agricultural system in mid-September.

Please note the District is constantly reviewing forecasted runoff projections, soil moistures, SNOTEL data and other pertinent information to ensure the water restrictions are ultimately implemented are reflective of actual conditions. The above noted restrictions are subject to change.

What is Drought?

Drought is the result of a deficiency of precipitation over an extended period, resulting in a water shortage. These shortages can have significant impacts to natural vegetation, crops, livestock, wildlife, recreational activities and result in severe economic losses. Droughts are a normal, recurring feature of climate and occur in both very wet to very dry climates. The severity of a drought depends on the degree of moisture deficiency, its duration, and the size of the affected area. Because it is so hard to develop a quantitative definition for drought, it is difficult to determine precisely when a drought starts and ends.

Are We Really In A Drought?

Our area’s climate is considered semi-arid. In all but the winter months our evapotranspiration (the water consumed by plants) exceeds normal precipitation, necessitating crop and landscape irrigation. We rely on the snow we receive in the winter months to provide water for irrigation in the summer months. Our reservoirs and the timing of the snowmelt all work in unison to capture and put to beneficial use this water. In some years the snow volume we receive is well below average.

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One resource that can help us see the severity of drought conditions in our area is the U.S. Drought Monitor. This resource provides a broad-scale national drought map. It is updated weekly and communicates any unusually dry conditions with 4 drought categories (moderate, severe, extreme, and exceptional drought) and an “abnormally dry” category, indicating areas that may be moving into or out of drought.

Additional Actions?

For Sprinklers:
  • Find and eliminate waste of any kind. Detect and fix leaks as soon as possible. For metered customers, using the Customer Portal and setting up a leak alert can is highly recommended.
  • All homeowners should educate themselves on how to run and maintain their sprinkler system. Weber Basin has resources here as well as a recorded class on irrigation available here.
Landscaping:
  • For the immediate future, hold off on new landscaping projects as establishing new plants uses more water than mature plants with deep roots.
  • Learn about how to maintain your landscape by attending any of Weber Basin’s free classes.
  • Keep turf mowed to 3 inches tall, mowing frequently enough to avoid cutting more than one-third of the total grass height.
  • Don't hose off hard surfaces.
  • Limit car washing.
  • Continue indoor water conservation practices.
    1. Shorter showers.
    2. Fix any leaks.
    3. Help neighbors do the same.
  • Discuss importance of water conservation with your HOA, community, etc. and encourage ordinances and policies that accommodate and encourage sustainable landscapes.