Fall watering schedule goes into effect for county water users

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ST. GEORGE – The county’s fall watering schedule begins Saturday, according to the Washington County Water Conservancy District.

While water district officials still recommend that outdoor watering be done before dawn and after sunset to avoid losing water to evaporation, observance of the fall schedule involves cutting watering back to twice a week, according to a press release issued by the water district Friday.

The fall watering schedule runs through Oct. 31.

Municipal watering bans may carry through September or longer depending on how long high temperatures linger. Residents of Washington City, for example, are advised to maintain the daily watering ban between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. through the last Sunday in October.

The water district recommends running sprinklers in three cycles about an hour apart. This allows the soil to absorb water slowly and deeply and reduces the risk of runoff or water waste. Hand water dry spots.

Thanks to residents and businesses using less water in recent years, the county saved a billion gallons of water over a five-year period, according to data from the Utah Division of Water Resources. That was accomplished despite the county’s continuing growth.

Read more: Washington County has decreased water use by over 1 billion gallons, officials say

“We can’t thank our community enough,” said Ron Thompson, general manager for the water district. “Our residents, businesses and municipalities have really stepped up to the challenge and are embracing water-smart living. It’s making a difference to the entire state.”

Residents can learn more about water conservation programs, tips, free irrigation audits and rebates by visiting the water district’s website.

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1 Comment

  • Jeannette September 2, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Maybe mandatory desert plantings for new structure landscaping and desert landscapes on all golf courses? The massive green grassy areas aren’t helping our prolonged drought. Guess we need the pipeline to help the wealthier pretend they aren’t living in a desert?

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