A little known, but very important state board went through money like it was water on Thursday — all to enact some new conservation measures across Utah.
The Utah Water Resources Board approved spending $190 million in communities across the state to implement secondary water metering.
“In the state of Utah today, water as we know is the most important issue,” said Rep. Joel Ferry, R-Brigham City, who is the Utah Department of Natural Resources’ acting executive director.
The board considered 70 different applications for grants and loans to offset the costs of installing secondary water metering devices, which measure how much outdoor watering a household does. Cities that have already implemented them have reported to the state instant water savings.
“We’ve found that by installing secondary meters and telling people how much they’re using, they reduce their water use by 20 and 30%, which is huge,” said Candice Hasenyager, the executive director of Utah’s Division of Water Resources.
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