‘Water Festival’ offers family activities, highlights water efficiency

Preparations from the 2015 annual Community Water Festival, Cedar City, Utah, June 23, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Central Iron County Water Conservancy District, St. George News, Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Designed to promote water conservation throughout Iron County, Southwest Plumbing Supply and Central Iron County Water Conservancy District invite the community to join them at the Main Street Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Cedar City’s second “Water Festival.”

In addition to family activities, the Water Festival will showcase water efficient home products, irrigation and landscape equipment, consulting and professional services and other conservation-related software and technologies.

The booths will be operated by local businesses that provide these services and products, including rain water harvesting for irrigation, smart irrigation controllers that can be operated from your phone, drought tolerant plants and turf and many other water saving concepts and devices.

The Water Festival will include free hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., food trucks, bounce houses and water-friendly activities for the kids. The festival is part of Cedar City Unplugged and will host a water balloon fight for the “Water Warrior” brag badge. There will be thousands of water balloons, and the brag badge can be picked up on the day of the event at the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District booth.

Other water activities include a dunk tank, slip ‘n’ slide and water squirted from the fire truck. The total water to be used in all activities will be less than 6,000 gallons. The appropriate water needed to water the Main Street Park in one night is 36,264 gallons. The festival activities will use less than 1/6 of the water needed to irrigate the park in one night.

The average homeowner in the Cedar Valley uses 8-10,000 gallons per month.

The 6,000 gallons estimated for use by the Water Festival is roughly equivalent to:

  • 120 baths.
  • The amount of water necessary to grow, dye and process the cotton to make nine T-shirts.
  • The amount of water necessary to grow ingredients and process 45 2-liter bottles of soda.

Come join in the fun and learn how you can do your part in helping conserve this precious natural resource.

Event details

  • What: Cedar City’s community “Water Festival”
  • When: Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: Main Street Park, 200 N. Main St., Cedar City, Utah
  • For more information, go to the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District Water Festival webpage or call 435-865-9901.

Amount of water to be used in festival*

  • Water balloons 10,000 = 500 gallons
  • Dunk tank = 360 gallons
  • Slip ‘n’ slide = 2,400 gallons
  • Fire truck = 2,500 gallons
  • Total water use = 5,760 gallons

* This is a high estimate based on running the slip ‘n’ slide and fire truck the whole time, which is not anticipated to take place.

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