At Central Utah Water, we’re passionate about conserving water so we can protect what we have, use it wisely, and provide for the future. One of the many ways we do this is through participation in watershed monitoring programs, such as the Provo River Watershed Council.
As a part of this monitoring program, we sample raw water from each of the sources to our treatment plants to ensure water quality excellence so we can meet the needs of communities, ensure public health, and maintain public trust.
We believe that protecting water that flows off of our watersheds is an extremely important part in our goal to deliver high-quality drinking water to our communities.
First, What Are Watersheds?
Let’s start at the very beginning. Watersheds, also sometimes referred to as drainage basins, are land areas that channel rain water and snow melt to larger bodies of water, like rivers, creeks, and streams. Eventually, this water flows into reservoirs, lakes, and even the ocean.
As the water travels across a watershed, it often picks up pollutants. The impact these pollutants have on the water quality vary depending on factors such as urban development, mining, agriculture, and of course, human activity on that watershed.
Why Should We Care About Them?
The easiest way to conceptualize the impact of watersheds on our health is to remember that everything you find upstream ends up downstream. In other words, anything that our water has to travel across to reach a body of water will ultimately impact our water quality.
Decreasing pollutants in our watersheds, minimizing habitat degradation, and continuing to monitor and sample the water that comes from our watersheds is a good start. But, we could all be doing more.
What Can We Do?
There are a few easy and important things we can all do to protect the quality of our local watersheds: