Mountain Regional Water takes conservation and protection of its natural resources very seriously. While at times - we may enjoy the luxury of a few good wet years, we have learned to operate our system as if we are in a DROUGHT. Why you may ask? Because a drought is inevitable in Utah – and they are usually extended and last several years at a time. If our system is not designed for such a natural swing in our weather patterns, we will not be able to serve our customers in the peak of the worst drought years.
In Summit County – water is sparse and as such is very expensive in this high desert environment. Because of this – resource protection and conservation plays a key role in our water planning and development strategies. The better we conserve – the more our delicate water resources will be there for us when the environment tightens the natural supply line so to speak. Also – conserving water plays a key role in the enhancement of the stream water resources in Snyderville Basin, particularly East Canyon Creek and Silver Creek. These river systems are small and very easily polluted. By using water conserving landscaping practices, less pollutants, i.e. chemical nutrients, are carried into the surface water environment, minimizing algae blooms. These blooms can rob the river systems of critical oxygen and seriously jeopardize the ability of the river ecosystems to support wildlife. It is often said that lush green lawns can also mean green rivers.