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Utah water official says too early to water lawns

By Randall Jeppeson | Posted - Apr 22nd, 2013 @ 1:16pm

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WEST JORDAN — Cities are turning on their secondary water systems but water watchers say that doesn't mean it's time to start watering the lawn.

A lot of Utahns started working in the yard in the past week, but at the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, conservation programs manager Courtney Brown said it's frustrating to hear that right now.

"In reality, we're way below average with our water supply," he said.

Brown said we've had plenty of spring rain for our lawns and we should be conserving water rather than using it where it isn't needed. Essentially every drop of water put on lawns at this time, while rains are still keeping the ground moist, is wasted water according to Brown.

"It's just not time, not ready yet," he said.

Brown said we should have enough water for the summer but we don't want to get caught off guard if we get drought conditions.

Monday, large water users from around the Salt Lake Valley are meeting to go over the water outlook for the upcoming summer.

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