Water Officials Want Conservation Legislation

Water Officials Want Conservation Legislation

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Water district administrators say the governor's water conservation team should work on legislation to encourage conservation in landscaping.

Mild encouragement from the water districts alone isn't getting the message to thirsty Utah residents, who often water their lawns with double the water necessary.

Utah is in its fifth year of drought, and reports from various agencies showed that even the recent rains have done little to improve the situation.

David Ovard, general manager of the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, says the Legislature should consider setting a standard that local water districts and governments could choose to follow.

Ovard says that preset sprinklers use more water than needed, in part because no one adjusts them for changes in the weather.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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