Summer ‘20 Project Accelerator: Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, UT

Exploring Options to Improve Water Efficiency Standards Our Approach Project Outcomes

Project Goal

WaterNow and Western Resource Advocates worked with the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (JVWCD) to identify multiple ways its member agencies can meet their new water efficiency standards.

Our Approach

Like many of its peers throughout Utah and the West, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (JVWCD) faces challenges with water supply, population growth, climate change, and drought. In response, JVWCD has adopted new water efficiency standards to be implemented by its member agencies in the next few years, thereby improving water security and reliability throughout JVWCD’s service area. Utah’s current plumbing code limits the ability of local jurisdictions to adopt their own efficiency standards, so JVWCD is interested in exploring options to improve Utah’s plumbing code for water efficiency. JVWCD is also interested in improving its model ordinance and identifying best practices for assisting member agencies with implementation of water efficiency standards. WaterNow helped to create a model landscape ordinance that includes best practices for water efficient landscaping in multiple sectors.

(photo credit: Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District)