Utah - 2012 State Policy Information Utah State Flag 

Below are results for Utah from the 2011/2012 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard survey.

Use the links below to jump to a specific question:

Q1. State Agencies Q8. Water Loss Q15. Implementation Requirements
Q2. Toilet Regulations   Q9. Permitting    Q16. State Funding for Conservation
Q3. Showerhead Regulations Q10. Drought Plans Q17. Technical Assistance
Q4. Urinal Regulations Q11. Conservation Plans Q18. Volumetric Billing  
Q5. Clothes Washer Regulations Q12. Authority to Approve Plans Q19. Metered Connections 
Q6. PRSV Regulations Q13. Plan Update Frequency Q20. ET Microclimate Information  
Q7. Building or Plumbing Codes Q14. Planning Framework Additional Information

 

 

 

 

 

 


  1. What state agency or agencies are in charge of drinking water conservation/efficiency?

    Utah Division of Water Resources (DWRe)

  2. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for toilets that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    No

  3. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for showerheads that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    No
     
  4. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for urinals that is more stringent than the federal standard?

    No
      
  5. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for clothes washers that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    No

  6. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for pre-rinse spray valves that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    No

  7. Does the state have mandatory building or plumbing codes requiring water efficient products that exceed the federal standard? 

    No
     
  8. Does the state have any regulations or policies for water utilities regarding water loss in the utility distribution system?  

    No

  9. Does the state require conservation activities as part of its water permitting process or water right permit?

    No
     
     
  10. Does the state require preparation of drought emergency plans by water utilities or cities on any prescribed schedule?  

    No.   

  11. Does the state have a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation/efficiency separate from drought emergency plans?   

    Yes.

    UTAH CODE ANN. § 73-10-32 :

    "(1) . . . (f) (f) "Water conservation plan" means a written document that contains existing and proposed water conservation measures describing what will be done by retail water providers, water conservancy districts, and the end user of culinary water to help conserve water and limit or reduce its use in the state in terms of per capita consumption so that adequate supplies of water are available for future needs. . . . (3)(a) Before April 1, 1999, each water conservancy district and each retail water provider shall: (i) (A) prepare and adopt a water conservation plan if one has not already been adopted; . . . .(6) Each water conservancy district and retail water provider specified under Subsection (3)(a) shall: (a) update its water conservation plan no less frequently than every five years."

    UTAH CODE ANN. § 73-10-32 Text

  12. Does the state have the authority to approve or reject the conservation plans? 

    No
     
  13. How often does the state require the water utilities to submit a potable water conservation plan (not part of a drought emergency plan)? 

    Every 5 years.

    UTAH CODE ANN. § 73-10-32 :

    "(6) Each water conservancy district and retail water provider specified under Subsection (3)(a) shall: (a) update its water conservation plan no less frequently than every five years."

    UTAH CODE ANN. § 73-10-32 Text

  14. If the state has a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation separate from drought emergency plans, is there a framework or prescribed methodology?

    Yes.

    UTAH CODE ANN. § 73-10-32 :

    "(2)(a) Each water conservation plan shall contain: (i) a clearly stated overall water use reduction goal and an implementation plan for each of the water conservation measures it chooses to use, including a timeline for action and an evaluation process to measure progress; (ii) a requirement that each water conservancy district and retail water provider devote part of at least one regular meeting every five years of its governing body to a discussion and formal adoption of the water conservation plan, and allow public comment on it; (iii) a requirement that a notification procedure be implemented that includes the delivery of the water conservation plan to the media and to the governing body of each municipality and county served by the water conservancy district or retail water provider; and (iv) a copy of the minutes of the meeting and the notification procedure required in Subsections (2)(a)(ii) and (iii) which shall be added as an appendix to the plan. (b) A water conservation plan may include information regarding: (i) the installation and use of water efficient fixtures and appliances, including toilets, shower fixtures, and faucets; (ii) residential and commercial landscapes and irrigation that require less water to maintain; (iii) more water efficient industrial and commercial processes involving the use of water; (iv) water reuse systems, both potable and not potable; (v) distribution system leak repair; (vi) dissemination of public information regarding more efficient use of water, including public education programs, customer water use audits, and water saving demonstrations; (vii) water rate structures designed to encourage more efficient use of water; (viii) statutes, ordinances, codes, or regulations designed to encourage more efficient use of water by means such as water efficient fixtures and landscapes; (ix) incentives to implement water efficient techniques, including rebates to water users to encourage the implementation of more water efficient measures; and (x) other measures designed to conserve water."

    UTAH CODE ANN. § 73-10-32 Text
     
     
  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 

    No

  16. Does the state offer financial assistance to utilities, cities, or counties for urban water conservation programs such as a revolving loan fund? Grants?  Bonds?  Appropriations?

    Water Resources Construction Fund
     
  17. Does the state offer technical assistance for urban water conservation programs? 

    Yes.

    73-10-32(4)(a)(i):

    "The board (Board of Water Resources) shall provide guidelines and technical resources to retail water providers and water conservancy districts to prepare and implement water conservation plans."

    UTAH CODE ANN. § 73-10-32 Text
     
  18. Does the state require volumetric billing?

    No
     
     
  19. What percentage or number of publicly supplied water connections (residential and nonresidential) are metered in your state?
     
  20. Does the state provide statewide ET microclimate information for urban landscapes?  

    Yes.

    The DWRe maintains an ET Network.

    The DWRe also produces a weekly lawn watering guide for the state utilizing the ET network.  

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