Recent Updates (as of 11/10/22)

  • 52 % of Utah is in extreme drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
  • On Nov. 3, Gov. Spencer Cox issued a proclamation closing the Great Salt Lake Basin to new water right appropriations in an effort to address declining water lake levels. The state engineer will evaluate the suspension and provide an update to the governor by Nov. 1, 2023 to determine if it should remain in effect. 
  • Thirty-seven of the 47 reservoirs the division monitors are below 55%, which is about the same as last year but still about 9% lower than normal for this time of year.
  • Of the 99 measured streams, 62 are currently flowing below normal.
  • Great Salt Lake levels have started to stabilize now that temperatures are dropping, storms are moving in and irrigation has concluded for the season. Levels are expected to slowly rise and peak with spring runoff. Currently, the average daily surface elevation is 4,188.8. It surpassed the previous record low (4,190.2) on July 3, the division anticipates the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will announce a new historic low in the coming months. 
  • Residents looking for tips on how to help reduce water consumption can be found at SlowtheFlow.Org.

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.

Snowpack

95% of Utah’s water comes from snowpack. The NRCS Snow Survey Program provides mountain snowpack data critical for water supply management, conservation planning, drought prediction and more. 

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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.