Waterwise designs like this one save water and money – and look great! You can still have a waterwise oasis when you choose plants suited for Utah’s climate. Photo courtesy of Localscapes

Welcome to the Utah Division of Water Resources’ water conservation site. Water is the essence of life. It provides us with joy, health, food, economic opportunities, adventures, breathtaking landscapes, power generation, laughter and memories, and because it makes up two-thirds of our bodies, it makes it so you can be here, visiting our website (and on the earth)!

Our population is projected to double by 2065, so stretching our water supply is critical. Traditionally, two-thirds of Utah’s growth has been from “natural increase” from the population having children. This percentage is declining with more people moving in. People have discovered Utah is a great play to live, work and play. Unfortunately, they don’t bring water with them. Conservation is key to ensuring we have water now and for future generations.

We hope you visit often as we’ll continuously be adding content.


The Division created the three pillars of water efficiency

1. Do your part

There is not an entity or individual that is entirely responsible for or is the exception to, water efficiency. We all need to do what we can to use water wisely.

We often hear, “I’ll conserve when [insert industry or entity name here] does.” So, we thought this little parody of a well-known story about Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody paints a great picture as to why that mindset doesn’t help save water.

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done – become water-efficient and Everybody was sure that Somebody would be water-efficient. Anybody could have been water-efficient, but Nobody was. Somebody got angry about water efficiency because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could be water-efficient, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t be water-efficient. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done to be water-efficient.

2. Every step counts

Taking a shorter shower, updating infrastructure and appliances, fixing a leak, adjusting sprinkler timers, installing secondary water meters, using a tiered rate, running or following an education campaign, or installing waterwise landscaping. It all adds up to big water savings and helps us become waterwise.

3. Efficiency is Utah’s ethic

We do not conserve water because we have a wet or dry year. We conserve because, as Utahn’s, we are not wasteful.

Water is the most limited natural resource with 97% of it saltwater and only 3% freshwater. Of this 3%, 2.5% of it is unavailable because it is frozen as snow and ice, locked up in the atmosphere and soil, polluted, or lies too far under the earth’s surface to be extracted at a reasonable cost. That means only 0.5% of all the earth’s water is available fresh water that is easily accessible as surface water in rivers, streams and lakes. We encourage you to be a steward of Utah’s water by using it wisely and sharing information with others.

Learn more worldwide water facts from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.