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Lehi water restrictions in effect; city responding to resident concerns

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LEHI — It's been three days since Lehi began enforcing water restrictions where residents can only water two days a week.

"Two days? That's tough," said Lehi resident Brent Orozco.

He was busy in his yard Wednesday trying to protect his investment.

"We need woodchips to help retain moisture," he said as he dumped another bag of woodchips into his wheelbarrow.

The hundreds of flowers surrounding his house weren't his idea.

"My wife stumbled into a sale at Smiths," he said. "She went nuts."

He doesn't want to see his money go down the drain.

"We planted before we knew about the water restrictions," he said.

Orozco is not alone when it comes to concerns with his yard.


Some of the concerns are the timing that we use for our parks which is problematic because our parks are so big and challenging with all the cycles they have to go through.

–Todd Munger, Lehi city public works director


Lehi officials say they've received lots of feedback from their residents and a lot of questions.

"Some of the concerns are the timing that we use for our parks which is problematic because our parks are so big and challenging with all the cycles they have to go through," said Todd Munger, Lehi city public works director.

The city wants residents to know it plays by the same rules.

"We do water two days a week on all our parks and open spaces," said Steve Marchbanks, Lehi parks superintendent.

There are 131 open spaces in the city. Marchbanks says reaching each one takes time.

"We have some that have 30 valves in them," Marchbanks said. "It takes roughly 35-40 minutes in each station to do this, so constantly they are being watered all day long."

Still, they say they watch their water use closely, even installing smart-controlled sprinkler systems.

"We wouldn't ask anybody to do anything we didn't feel comfortable doing ourselves," Marchbanks said.

That's something Orozco says he's glad to hear.

"Well, if we have to do it, I guess they have to do it," Orozco said.

Lehi officials said they welcome all feedback and questions received from residents as they work to conserve water.

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