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HIGHLAND — There is still plenty of water coming down the mountains, which is one reason why so many yards look so good.

But one Utah County city is asking its residents to go easy on watering their lawns — not because they're in danger of running out of water, but because their city system is starting to experience low pressure.

"It'll benefit everybody by doing it and it'll allow everybody to maintain their lawns like they would like to," Highland City administrator Nathan Crane said.

This week, Highland City sent a notice to residents asking them to water their lawns every other day depending on odd and even numbered addresses.

Even numbered addresses can water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Odd numbered addresses on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The city is asking residents to not water their lawns on Sundays to give the system time to recharge.

One of the best-looking yards in Highland is Lisa Avei's.

"People stop by all the time and ask me questions," she said.

Everything about her yard, from the grass to the flowers, is what many people want their yards to look like.

"I love it a lot, obviously," Avei said. "You can look around."

She volunteers with Highland's beautification committee, so it's important to her to keep yards looking nice.

"I don't have a lot of manpower nor time, but I can go weed a patch," Avei said. "I can go weed something. Keep it clean, keep it neat."

With the heat the state has been experiencing, Highland isn't the only place seeing a lot of water being used. The Jordan Valley Conservancy said they're noticing a record amount of water use.

Crane said Highland’s schedule is more to make sure the city's water system stays properly pressurized.

"One of the complaints we're getting now is a lot of lack of pressure," Crane said. "If you don't allow your system to recharge and for ponds to fill and things like that, you can't distribute the water."

Besides, Avei said watering your lawn every day doesn't really make yards healthier.

"Longer periods of time — fewer days a week — is best," she said.

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