Program to reduce Utah’s high water use announced

Posted at 12:30 PM, Apr 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-20 14:30:24-04

MURRAY, Utah -- The Utah Rivers Council and local government leaders are encouraging urban Utahns to install rain water collection barrels to reduce water use and improve the water quality of Utah's streams, rivers and lakes.

The barrels, which collect water from rain gutters, are being made available for $40 for Salt Lake County residents and $74 for everyone else through the RainHarvest program.

According to the Utah Rivers Council, Utah uses more water per person than any other state in the nation, averaging 248 gallons per person each day.

"This RainHarvest program is being practiced in over 50 cities across the country, where municipalities buy these rain barrels in bulk quantity and pass the savings on to the consumer," said Zach Frankel, a representative for the Utah Rivers Council. "It's time for Utah to get after this rain barrel program and catch up to other cities across the country that have been investing in water conservation for decades."

Frankel said the program can also help Utahns save money on their water bills. The rain water barrels can be pre-ordered here and picked up Saturday, May 9th at Murray Park.