Drought Response Actions


During drought, little changes make a big difference. Here are actions we can all take to do our part. Find more drought information at: Drought.utah.gov



Action #1

Water Less
It takes approximately 3,000 gallons of water each time you water the average quarter-acre yard. You should be watering two times per week if you live in northern Utah and three times if you live in southern Utah. Grass is resilient and can survive with only 1" of water a month. It won't be green and will enter dormancy during times of drought and high temperatures and recover when conditions improve.


Action #2

Don't Water if It's Windy
Don't water if the wind speed is above 5 mph because much of the water will blow where it's not needed and evaporate.


Action #3

Water at the Right Time
Don't water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. If you are in Southern Utah, don't water between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. This reduces evaporation loss. The exception to this rule: If it’s windy every night, pick a time that’s less windy (even if it’s during the day unless your area has a time-of-day watering restriction). You could save more water by watering during the day because the loss to wind can be more than evaporation so make adjustments as needed.


Action #4

Prioritize Your Watering

  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Perennials
  • Annuals
  • Grass

  • Action #5

    Raise Your Mower
    Set your blades at 3-4 inches. Taller grass means deeper roots that can access water that is deeper in the soil. Tall grass also shades roots and soil to reduce evaporation loss.


    Action #6

    Get a Rebate!
    Check out how you can save water and save money. Rebates for smart irrigation controllers and low-flow toilets are available statewide and other rebates may be available from local water providers.


    Action #7

    Check with Your Local Provider
    Water restrictions are determined and enforced at the local level, which allows for customization according to the area’s water supply conditions. Check with your local provider to learn about conditions and possible restrictions in your area.


    Action #8

    Help Spread the (Dry) Word
    Utilize our printable materials including a flier and lawn signs to help spread the word about the extreme drought conditions Utah is experiencing. Extreme drought calls for extreme water-saving measures by all individuals, businesses, institutions and industries. If you would like us to create something for your organization, email us at waterwise@utah.gov