Utah water resource officials are reminding residents to turn off sprinkler systems for at least the next week. “There has been plenty of precipitation with more over the next few days in the forecast to keep our lawns and plants watered,” said Eric Klotz, Water Conservation and Education Chief with the Utah Division of Water Resources.

The division and many of the state’s water providers have received numerous complaints from residents about their neighbors, and especially local businesses, running sprinklers during this wet period. Klotz says now is the time for most businesses to talk to their landscape or maintenance contractors about turning off automatic sprinkler systems and setting up proper irrigation schedules. “Many contractors, as well as some homeowners, just simply set the time for watering every day early in the spring and never show up again until fall to turn them off. That’s simply too many times to water,” says Klotz. “Even in the heat of July and August, most lawns need water only every third day.”

The state’s goal of 25 percent reduced water use by year 2050 is vitally important in meeting growing population water demand. Over the past nine years, state residents have reduced water use by 18 percent. This is the result of residents responding to many water provider conservation programs and efforts.

A weekly watering guide for each county is published by the division on its website: www.conservewater.utah.gov. Due to rainfall received over the last week and what is predicted next week, the latest guide shows no irrigation is required for most northern Utah counties.

The Division of Water Resources promotes the orderly and timely planning, conservation, development, utilization and protection of Utah’s water resources.