Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” And so it has always been. From the crops we grow and eat, to our homes and our businesses, all are dependent, at some level, upon the same irreplaceable resource – water.
Across the state, residents, businesses and government leaders are letting out a collective sigh of relief with each new storm that adds to the snowpack in our mountains. The accumulating precipitation fuels the hope that 2019 will pan out to be better than last year. In 2018, we suffered through one of the driest years on record. Reservoirs levels hit worrisome lows and the impacts of the dry weather were felt across the state.
So, how are things looking now? While we’re not out of the woods yet – after all, we need to continue with a cool wet spring to fully reap the benefit of the winter’s snowstorms – the numbers are looking promising. For central Utah, experts project that all of our reservoirs, with the exception of Strawberry Reservoir, will fill this year.
As we move into spring, we’ll continue to keep a close eye on the numbers, and you can too. You can track the daily snow water equivalent totals here, or check-out the tea-cup diagrams and watch the reservoirs fill here. Knowing where our water-levels stand is a key part of protecting this critical resource.
It’s also important to remember that although we’ve had an above-average winter, that doesn’t means we’re out of the woods when it comes to the drought. We live in a desert and conserving water will always be the smart thing to do. As we head into spring, here are three things you can do to help keep our water supply healthy and make it last: