Conservation is about preparing our current water-use habits for tomorrow’s demands. Our population isn’t shrinking; therefore, our dependence on resources of all kinds is not diminishing. We need to learn how to appropriately use our water today, while thinking to the future of providing water for generations to come. The effective use and minimization of water consumption is an important component of our society’s overall commitment to achieving a lifestyle that is not only suitable in the now – the present – but also serves us well in the future, so that our children have a decent and beautiful place to live as well. Water is important to us beyond the sheer aesthetic and theoretic environmental concerns – it is a resource absolutely vital to our existence. From farming to drinking, bathing to doing laundry, water has been used throughout the ages to sustain and nurture life. Humans also happen to use water in nearly every chemical and industrial process that we engage, as part of our efforts to produce new and useful objects and products to populate our lives. These objects include plastics, fabrics and processed foods. Other products include electricity, indoor heating and outdoor landscape transformation.
Water effects every aspect of our life, and in Utah, we must learn to live harmoniously with the levels of water that are feasible in our region, while we simultaneously try to develop additional sources of water.
Importance of Water Conservation
Smart Controller Rebates
Recieve a rebate for 50 percent of your cost (up to $150) when you purchase an eligible WaterSense smart controller. Smart controllers reduce water waste by automatically adjusting how often and how long a landscape is watered based on local weather and landscape conditions.
What is a Smart Controller?
A smart controller is a device that can adapt your watering schedule based on your weather and landscape needs. In times of wind and rain your irrigation system will be shut off automatically.
Why should I install a Smart Controller?
By installing a smart controller your yard will only be watered when it actually needs it. WaterSmart estimates that up to 8800 gallons of water could be saved annually by replacing standard controllers with smart controllers.
Apply for a smart controller rebate by following the link below and creating a Utah Water Savers account.
If you are having any technical issues with the rebate process please contact Utah Water Savers. For all other questions please contact the CICWCD at 435-865-9901.
Cedar Valley Low Elevation Spray Application (LESA) Grant
CICWCD, with the help of Senator Evan Vickers and Representative John Westwood, secured a $220,000 grant from The Division of Natural Resources and the Utah Department of Agriculture for the Cedar Valley Low Elevation Spray Application Project. This grant will be used to convert sprinkler systems to more water efficient LESA pivot irrigation systems.
What is LESA?
Low Elevation Spray Application (LESA) is a modification to typical sprinkler heads on center pivots or linear-move machines that places the water application very close to the soil surface. It uses a suspended sprinkler or spray head that reduces water losses to wind drift and evaporation. It also uses less energy since it runs at a much lower pressure rate. It applies water more uniformly than traditional sprinklers and gives the water more time to infiltrate into the soil.
Below you can see the differences between Mid Elevation and Low Elevation Spray Application:
The grant program is run through the local E&I Soil Conservation District. Agricultural producers from Cedar Valley should contact Jacob Benson at email@example.com or by phone at 435-586-6773 to apply.