Read Article: What is the Pine Valley Water Supply Project? Why does it matter?

  • 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

The District is working to manage water in an all-inclusive, sustainable manner which includes development of new sources, recharge, reuse, and conservation.

WR=Water Right
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.

The PVWS will provide a needed supply redundancy that will help protect against climate variability and future droughts.

2022 Community Survey Results

89.2% of local residents surveyed strongly agree or agree that “Investment is needed now to ensure we have a reliable, safe water supply for the future”.
88.8% of local residents surveyed strongly agree or agree that “Iron County must take strong action now to address drought and future water needs”.