WaterNow and Western Resource Advocates (WRA) partnered with the City of Moab to develop waterwise outdoor landscaping ordinances, for new and redevelopment, to increase water supply resilience in the face of threats like a growing population and less predictable precipitation trends due to climate change. This project was designed to bring additional capacity and expertise to Moab and help local decision makers achieve their sustainable water goals for the community.
The City of Moab aims to avoid overdrafting water resources in the future, but did not have any water conservation ordinances in place. Through a robust research and stakeholder engagement process, WaterNow and WRA worked with the City to develop recommendations for new waterwise landscaping and irrigation efficiency ordinances for new and redevelopments. The proposed landscaping standards range from living plant material requirements, turf limits, plant lists, hydrozones, landscape water budgets, irrigation system criterion and maintenance, and more. The project team also explored opportunities to advance graywater and rainwater reuse for landscape irrigation. WaterNow and WRA engaged with Moab’s City Council, Planning Commission, and the Water Board to inform and guide these ordinances and the new standards are expected to be adopted into the City’s Municipal Code.
Stay tuned! This project is currently underway.