We live in a desert and water is precious. Ivins City encourages water conservation to its utmost extent. The City has been promoting water efficiency for a long time and the efforts have been paying off. Ivins City has seen water use reduce by 28% from 293 gallons per capita per day (gpcpd) in 2000 to 219 gpcpd in 2017. The City Council adopted the new water conservation plan which commits to reducing the usage another 10% by 2027 from 219 to 197 gpcpd. Click here to read the City’s current conservation plan adopted in 2018.
Outdoor water usage represents 50 to 60 percent of all water usage. Simple changes here can make a big difference.
- Use a water efficient landscape. Eliminate grass where it is not needed. Use water efficient species of plants and trees.
- Avoid watering from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the summer months, in accordance with the time of day watering recommendations.
- Adjust your sprinkler system seasonally, using the following as a suggested watering guide:
- Winter (December – January): No irrigation needed
- Early Spring (February – March): Once a week
- Spring (April – May): Twice a week
- Summer (June – August): Three times a week
- Fall (September – October): Twice a week
- Late Fall (November): Once a week
- Or even better, use a smart water timer. It’s connected to the internet and weather data. It can automatically turn off the timer during and after rainstorms. It automatically adjusts frequency as it warms up and automatically adjusts back down as it cools off. There are 50 percent rebates available through the State. Click here for more information: https://utahwatersavers.com/Program/6/smart-controller#program-overview
- Cover pools to eliminate approximately 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of water lost every year to evaporation
- Take quick showers instead of baths.
- Repair leaking plumbing fixtures, dripping faucets and running toilets. These repairs save the average American homeowner more than 10,000 gallons of water annually
- Turn off the water while shaving or brushing your teeth
- Use a plugged sink if washing the dishes by hand
- Thaw frozen foods overnight in the refrigerator rather than dousing with hot water
- Add food wastes to your compost pile or dispose in the trash instead of using the garbage disposal
- Purchase high efficiency appliances
- Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine
- Install low-flow faucet aerators, which will save approximately 1,000 gallons of water annually per faucet. Choose aerators with a 1.5 gallon per minute (GPM) flow rate for bathrooms and a 2.2 GPM for kitchen or laundry sinks
- Washington County Water Conservancy District
- Washington County, Utah Plant Guide
- Dixie Gardener
- How to find a Leak
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Slow the Flow
- Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Controller Tutorial
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
- Utah Division of Water Resources
- Utah State University Cooperative Extension
- Water Efficient Irrigation Practices
- Water Wise Plants for Utah Landscapes