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Water Well with CWEL Webinar: Growing Responsibly: Accommodating Population Growth Through Rebate Programs & Model Ordinances
Faced with unprecedented population growth and a limited future water supply, the Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD) and other state water agencies found themselves in a predicament. Work with cities to adopt and enforce Waterwise ordinances for more sustainable growth or face the grim reality of potential moratoriums and dwindling water supplies.

The CUWCD decided to adopt and offer two pilot rebate programs aimed at reducing outdoor water use in residential landscapes. Outdoor residential water use which accounts for 44% of M&I use in the state has always been a concern among water leaders. The Flip Your Strip and Localscapes Rewards programs adopted by CUWCD originated from neighboring Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (JVWCD) which had already seen increased interest in water conservation and significant water savings from these two programs.

By allowing homeowners to apply and participate in these programs on a pilot basis CUWCD was able to create a staggering amount of awareness for the programs and water conservation as a whole. Upon giving cities and their residents a taste of these programs and their associated incentives CUWCD emailed mayors, city planners, and city council members with the news that these incentives would be revoked in a year's time unless water efficiency standards were adopted at the city level.

This approach has proven effective as we have seen a number of cities already adopt these Waterwise ordinances, and many others reach for additional information, city council presentations, and community events.

By nipping the problem in the bud, which was the unsustainable growth occurring without standards for outdoor water efficiency, the CUWCD, and other state water agencies we are setting up our service areas for successful sustainable growth.

CEU's available:
DOPL-CORE, IA, QWEL, UCNP, Rural Water

Nov 8, 2022 02:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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