While it is a normal part of the climate cycle, drought becomes particularly worrisome when it
spans multiple years or even decades. It is generally a quiet-moving hazard, and as a result,
may cause individuals to overlook the harm it can cause. The effects of drought can be felt in
agriculture, domestic water supply, hydropower energy production, public health, recreation, and
wildlife; and increases the risk and severity of wildfires.
The District understands the effects of drought and has prepared for extended dry seasons
Long Term Planning
While many organizations are planning using one, two, or five-year benchmarks Central Utah Water
is planning 50+ years into the future. Using this approach Central Utah Water can prepare for
some of the most pressing issues in the state: population growth, weather variability, drought,
and other uncertainties.
Large Multi-year Reservoirs
The Central Utah Project (CUP) and its corresponding reservoirs were designed to capture as much
spring run-off as possible during dry years and to protect the valley floors from floods during
wet years. Thanks to visionary leaders in the past, the Central Utah area has a reservoir system
that has carried the region through past difficult water years and will continue to do so in the
Increased Conservation Efforts
Water conservation continues to be a critical element of the District's planning and operations.
The amount of available water in the state does not increase with the growing population. To
prepare for more people and less water, the District is expanding its residential and commercial
conservation rebate programs and working with partners across all types of industries to lessen
their water footprint.