Snow puts Utah’s water table at 90-110% of average

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jan 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-12 19:52:59-05

SALT LAKE CITY - Powerful snow storms across Utah this weekend have provided some help to Utah's water supply.

Some cities across the Wasatch Front reported more than two feet of snow in Saturday's storm, but water experts say the state could use more snow.

"What's happened this winter is we've had a couple of big storms and then really nothing in between. So most of the state is in pretty good shape. Ninety to 110 percent of average. We like to see that," said Randy Julander, snow survey supervisor with the Natural Resources Conservation Service at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

The water table in most areas of Utah is at a good level, but Julander says it's difficult to know whether things will stay that way.

"Projecting the next six months is almost like flipping a coin. We try to do our best as to what might happen here in Utah," he said.

Julander says that one big storm isn't enough; we'll need a few more big storms to keep Utah where it needs to be.