- Yearly water usage: 28,000 acre-feet
- Current safe-yield (water that is actually available): 21,000 AF per year
- Deficit: 7,000 AF per year
GMP=Groundwater Management Plan
PVWS=Pine Valley Water Supply
1 acre-foot = 325,851 gallons of water
In 2021, the State Division of Water Rights implemented a Groundwater Management Plan for the Cedar City Valley. This plan will gradually reduce total underground water rights in the valley (approx. 50,000 acre-feet) down to safe yield (available water) of 21,000 acre-feet.
Due to this local municipalities (Cedar City, Enoch City, & the District) will experience a 75% reduction in their underground water rights by the year 2070.
Cedar Valley also saw a large increase (approx. 350%) in the cost of water rights between 2019 and 2022.
READ MORE: What is the Groundwater Management Plan?
From July 2020 to July 2021, Iron County experienced a 6.2% growth rate, which was the highest growth rate of all Utah counties from July 2020 to July 2021, according to Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.