COVID-19

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Board of Water Resources Meetings

The Utah Board of Water Resources will be holding their meetings electronically in order to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. View the agenda, meeting details and submit public comment online.

Water Resources Office Open with Limited Staff

In an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Division will have limited staff in the office during this unprecedented time. As Governor Herbert requested, many of our teams will be teleworking.

Our first priority is to serve the public. Before coming into our offices, we ask that you first please call (801) 538-7230. You can also reach out to our section managers directly. Contact information is listed here.

Coronavirus Not Transmitted Via Water Supply

Because water is such a critical resource, it makes sense that people get concerned at the thought of something like COVID-19 disrupting the water supply. But when it comes to the coronavirus, a shutdown of the public water system is highly unlikely.

According to health officials, COVID-19 is primarily transmitted person-to-person – there is no indication that transmission can occur via drinking water supplies. Public water systems treat and disinfect water by chlorinating it. This process kills multiple pathogens and water-borne viral infections (including coronavirus) that can affect your health. More information.

Stay safe, be kind and keep washing your hands.

Helpful Resources

coronavirus.utah.gov – Utah’s official coronavirus website.

Utah State Parks COVID-19 Updates – Utah’s 44 state parks are great places to hike, discover, recreate, relax and enjoy the beauty Utah has to offer! Because information is changing as the coronavirus situation unfolds, please visit this webpage to check the status before you embark on an adventure to a state park. 

State, feds say no need for bottled water – Our drinking water is safe so no need to go too crazy on stocking up on bottled water. But DON’T flush paper towels, tissues, and even the so-called “flushable” wipes or you run the risk of causing a sewer backup. Deseret News 

Published December 22, 2020

Can more water be stored in Bear Lake by adjusting flood control operations? Idaho, Utah and PacifiCorp worked with reservoir modeling experts at the University of Colorado to answer this question. The technical report “Impacts on Bear Lake Storage under Alternative High-Runoff Management Operations” published today, summarizes findings about how different flood control operations can …

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Published December 21, 2020

The state’s latest water use numbers have been published by the Utah Division of Water Resources and can be found on the recently overhauled and upgraded Open Water Data website.  The latest municipal and industrial (M&I) numbers are from 2019 and show that statewide per capita water use for potable and secondary water is 223 …

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Published October 22, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – Conservation is critical to meet the water needs of Utah’s growing population and is a factor that can significantly postpone water development projects.  “We’ve seen how implementing water conservation strategies can delay large-scale infrastructure projects,” said Todd Adams, director of the Utah Division of Water Resources. “When the Legislature passed the …

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