Governor signs water conservation executive order

Amid concerns over an abnormally dry winter, Gov. Gary Herbert issued an executive order Wednesday instituting water conservation practices for State Agencies in Utah.

A PDF of the signed executive order is available here.

The executive order regulates how state-owned buildings will manage and conserve water. These changes include alterations to state watering and irrigation practices and upgrades to existing water infrastructure.

“Water is one of the state’s most critical resources,” said Gov. Herbert. “Over the past several weeks I have received regular updates from my Water Conservation Team including representatives from our water districts. It is clear we need to do everything we can to conserve our water supply, and that includes the state government. We have an obligation to lead by example.”

The governor is currently developing a 50-year water strategy plan to advance conservation practices across the state. Due to the significant impact water has on Utah’s economy, the governor directed the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) to develop recommendations for long-term water financing.

Gov. Herbert also encouraged all Utahns to do their part to conserve water throughout the summer by implementing water-saving tips available at slowtheflow.org.