I took my kids to tennis lessons at the Lehi City Sports Park last week at 10:00
am and the sprinklers were running in a huge section of the entrance but were
shooting 30' out into the road. An hour later, they were still running and
the water was running down the gutters. I'm all for doing my part, but the
city is a major consumer of water as well, and better maintenance and scheduling
needs to be in their plan as well. We should see yellow spots from conservation
at city offices and in the parks before we see them in my yard.I
don't see any mention of it here, but I've recognized much lower
pressure in my pressurized irrigation all season. Seems like that would be
something the city should communicate to residents as well.
First, are there technology solutions that could be explored for bringing more
water volume to the supply of Lehi?Second, will we have certain
groups staging protests against the restrictions because of 'socialist
restrictions of personal freedom'?
Bought a new home on a half acre lot 2 years ago. Put in a lot of decorative
rock, mulch, expensive weed fabric, and drip lines. So many of my new neighbors
went all grass. It seems that many Utahns haven't figured out that we live
in a desert.
Maybe we will get some global warming in July to help relieve the situation. Who knew living in a desert with finite resources would mean people
would need to use caution?
Big Bubba,Utah is dry, even one of the driest states, but we
don't live in a decrepit wasteland.The problem isn't that
we use too much water, it's that we use it too unwisely. The city says
'no water between these hours' and the schools nearby were violating
it. When people brought it up, the reply was "due to the system we use, we
have to do it at this time". On what planet can a watering system not be
altered or replaced? A couple years ago a man was fined for collecting rain
without a license. In what way is this just or even remotely rational?Grass needs very little water if covered in shade. Trees can provide a lot of
shade. This isn't rocket science.
I'm going to agree with Bubba that large expanses of grass are a part of
the problem. Trying to make Utah look like England or New England is just a
waste of resources. Our water supply in not infinite and with continued
population growth in Utah County we will reach a point where we permanently have
to curtail watering lawns so capriciously. I, too, have a 1/2 acre lot with only
a small front lawn and a back lawn that is shaded most of the day by mature
trees. I've already cut the lawn area by 2/3 in the 10 years we lived at
this property. No, I don't fit in with the neighbors and their uniform
lawns, what with their sprinklers running every day in July and August. Wake up
folks and look at where you live,
Welcome to our world. We have plans for Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 water
restrictions. In my 8 years in Collin County, TX, we have never been at Stage
I see LDS Church properties throughout the valleys using tons of water, with
nice, green lawns - big lawns, too!
Why not have more decorative rock coverings and xeroscape plans, like how they
do in Nevada and Arizona? By looking at some of the big UT lots with big lawn
and garden areas, you would think this in new in UT. I think the cities should
provide incentives for drip systems, rock coverings, etc. and they should lead
the way by designing their schools, parks, and city buildings with this in mind.
They don't all have to be covered in rock, but clever designs can make the
areas look nice and conserve water. Of course this would require looking beyond
the UT borders which seems to be very difficult for some in this state.
To southmtnman:The church always tries to abide by whatever the
local ordinances are and by whatever restrictions might be in place. I've
never seen them ever do otherwise. There are some people that would also
complain if they didn't have nice looking landscaping.Interesting
that you didn't mention noticing the lawns of any other religions.
If they start a tiered pricing system for culinary water--i.e. raising rates for
residential usage above 4,500 gallons per month, people would start making a lot
of these changes voluntarily.
Having sat on a budget board for 6 years and seeing how
infrastructure,sewer,water, storage work, it is amazing that what is now
happening in Lehi isn't happening in more places. The growth that Utah
allowed or encouraged to happen during the past decade is going to have
consequences because as a dry,desert climate this growth is unsustainable.
Developers have been able to continue to build while infrastructure, water
lagged behind. It is going to be an issue of sustainability and quality of life
sooner rather than later.
Those of you who think that putting all those rocks around your house is great,
think again. Using rocks in place of law is bad because it heats up during the
day, and releases that heat during the night. This in turn makes it so that
homeowners using rock in place of lawns have higher electricity bills due to the
increased demand for AC to cool their homes. Homes with lawns benefit from a
cooling effect as water evaporates from the lawns. Granted, you should water
wisely and not water every day so that your lawn will develop deep root systems
that make more efficient use of the water.So, which is it, do we use
water, or pollute the air as we draw more electricity to cool our homes?
Except that those same rocks would cool at night and then cool the house into
the morning longer, or if you use light colored rocks that reflect light (heat)
they don't heat up as much like the white gravel in AZ.Either
way the heat those rocks put off don't change the temperature much in the
heat sink of a city covered in blacktop.Perhaps if development
wasn't a free for all and we didn't build in places like Tickville,
then change the name to Eagle Mnt. which never had the water for development in
the first place, this wouldn't be such a problem.
Where I live, we are permitted four hours per WEEK for outdoor watering. There
are fines for watering anything outside (no car washing, outdoor laundry etc.)
except during the four hour time period. Many residents have abandoned their
lawns and plants, and a few have switched to zero-scape yards. The exception in
the area is the football field; that grass is green and well watered.I agree that there is much too much housing development in SLC and Utah
@Bubble"Maybe we will get some global warming in July to help relieve
the situation."By making it warmer and even less humid?
Can't be any worse than recent Junes though. June 2013 has seen 0
precipitation and June 2012 had only a trace.
To "Happy Valley Heretic" according to the Colorado University Extension
office, rocks form a Thermal mass. "In warmer locations, a rock mulch can
significantly increase summer temperatures and water requirements of landscape
plants.In Phoenix, Arizona, the urban heat island (with all their
rock mulch instead of grass and trees) has significantly raised day and night
temperatures. The upward convection of heat has become so strong that summer
storms go around the city, not raining on the urban heat island."So, the rocks do not help to cool, nor do they release all their heat at
night. Infact, they heat things up and make what plants are there need more
Lehi, water wise, is the proverbial Canary in the Coal Mine. Prehaps
alot of Utah cities should borrow from Mesquite, Nevada's Residential
Landscaping codes. That is, new home construction should not have these large
water consuming lawns. Also Utah Cities should offer Home owners cash incentives
to remove their lawns and provide means to substitute these thirst lawns with
attractive drought tolerant native plants instead. These programs would buy Lehi
and other Utah Cities time until some other water supply and demand issues can
To "BYU Track Star" why would we want to do that? They did that same
thing in Phoenix, and turned their city into a huge heat island. The heat
island is so bad that daytime and nightime temperatures are now higher (not AGW
related). The heat island has the bad side effect of pushing clouds away from
Phoenix.Do you really want to heat up our cities, and cut the amount
of water we get even more? Your solution will only make things worse.
I live in Lehi and have only ever watered my lawn Mon, Wed, and Fri during the
hot times of year. The water restrictions have not affected me much. My root
systems are deep enough that most of my lawn can handle even a week without
water.As for Lehi City public parks, drive around and look. Lehi
City's grassy areas are drying up, the city is being a good steward of
current water resources.The bigger issue was the culinary problem,
it's good that it was resolved this weekend.