Provo and its H2O


Mark Twain is largely credited with coining the phrase, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” After what we’ve seen in the news this week, I believe he might be right.

Now is probably as good a time as any to express appreciation for Provo officials both past and present for the way they’ve protected the city from water-related issues other municipalities in the county are wrestling with this summer.

With all the talk of water restrictions circling around us, Provo is doing very well and planned for droughts such as the one we’re experiencing.

Don’t take this the wrong way – we live in a high desert and need to be continually mindful of our natural resources. Here are a few easy ways to conserve:

  1. Adjust your sprinklers so your lawn gets watered and not the sidewalk
  2. Only run your washer when it’s full
  3. Pay close attention to the weather forecast and adjust your sprinkler settings accordingly
  4. Only water in the morning or evening to minimize evaporation
  5. Shorten your shower time
  6. Listen for dripping faucets and running toilets
  7. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb

Let’s be diligent in how we consume a resource as necessary as water.

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  1. Steven Reid

    If there were a free market for water, we wouldn’t have to have Government tell us how much water we need to keep our bodies clean. It’s really miserable we are forced under threat of our losing our homes to property tax payments to pay any mayor a six-digit salary in telling us how to laundry our clothing.

  2. Rose Rieske

    I often go down roads in the city where businesses and city strips are being watered during the middle of the day. We try our best to water in the morning and evening hours and we don’t have auto sprinklers and they do.

  3. Michael

    Ironic that they are worried about saving water when there is a broken sprinkler in front of the City Offices (corner of 100 S and 400 West) that just pours water into the gutter.

    1. John

      Thanks for the heads up. I reported the broken sprinkler to the Parks and Recreation Department.

  4. muayyad khudairi

    The only way to conserve water is to raise its price and build the infrastructure to bring it from other parts of the country, if need be. Water is a very scarce resource in many areas of the world and it should be priced accordingly. Rather than increase property taxes, double the price of water and use the extra funds to plan for future alternative water sources.

  5. Clifton

    I live near what is referred to as the “hidden” park, and the sprinklers in that park have been set to run in the middle of the day. Just yesterday or the day before they were running at 10:00 am. I think sprinklers should be set for late at night such as 10:00 or 11:00 pm or as early in the morning as 4:00 or 5:00 am.

    1. John

      Thanks for the post and the heads up. We need input like yours to help us out sometimes.

      Have you contacted the Parks Dept directly? Call 311 today and get in touch with the folks so we can get the exact address and location of the sprinklers.

      Thanks again.


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