Recent Updates (as of 07/01/22)

  • Recreators should check reservoir levels before they head out. Conditions vary and some boat ramp closures are in place due to low water levels.
  • The current elevation of Great Salt Lake is 4190.4, less than five inches away from reaching a new historic low. The current historic low (set on Oct. 18) is 4190.2. Great Salt Lake is nearly 1.5 feet lower than this time last year and over 7 feet lower than this time in 2012. Seasonal water supply forecasts throughout the Great Basin (not including the GSL), are 50-60% of average for 2022.
  • Current drought conditions have created drier fuels which increase the chance of wildfire. To date, there have been 321 wildfires in the state of Utah. Of the 321 wildfires this year, 221 of them have been human-caused. 
  • Harmful algal blooms (HABs) have been detected in the North Fork of the Virgin River (including The Narrows) and North Creek in Zion National Park. Those areas are currently under a Warning Advisory. La Verkin Creek in Zion National Park is under a Health Watch, as HABs may be present.
  • Sixteen of Utah’s largest 45 reservoirs are below 55% of available capacity. Overall statewide storage is 62% of capacity. This is about where reservoirs were this time last year. 
  • Last year Jordanelle reservoir only rose 21,650 acre-feet. This year over three times that amount reached the reservoir. Reservoir levels are still low due to years of drought but we appreciate that more water made it to the reservoirs.
  • According to the latest information released by the U.S. Drought Monitor, drought conditions continue to plague the state, with 82.83% of the state experiencing “Extreme” or “exceptional” drought conditions. Extreme and exceptional drought conditions are the Drought Monitor’s most serious categories.
Pineview Reservoir April 2022

Current Conditions

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Reservoir Levels

Reservoirs collect and store water for drinking, irrigation for farms and ranches, and provide minimum flows for fish health.

Wildfire

Conditions are dangerously dry. In Utah, more than half of the wildfires are human-caused. Please be vigilant and use good Fire Sense to help prevent human-caused wildfires.

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Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a national drought map that categorizes drought into four categories: moderate, severe, extreme, and exceptional.

Water Conditions Monitoring

The Division of Water Resources, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and the Utah Climate Center host a committee to collect weather conditions around the state.

Be Waterwise

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Weekly Lawn Watering Guide
This guide uses data based on weather patterns to customize watering recommendations for each county.

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Slow the Flow
Water-saving tips, tools and rebates to help Utahns slow the flow and use this precious resource wisely.

Impacts & Restrictions

Recreational Impacts

Low water levels can impact recreation. Know before you go and avoid boat ramp closures and other surprises.

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Your Water Supply

Water sources and conditions vary across the state. Restrictions are determined and enforced at the local level, which allows for customization according to the area’s water supply conditions.

Wildlife & Agriculture Impacts

Drought affects fish, wildlife and agriculture. For example, as water levels drop, water heats up and can be fatal to fish, which may result in changes to fishing limits. Cuts to water use may also impact farmers.

Water Rights

The Division of Water Rights is responsible for distributing Utah’s water to those entitled to use it. When there is not enough water to meet all demands, water rights are satisfied in the order they were first established.