- Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District
Primarily a wholesaler of water to cities and improvement districts within
Salt Lake County, the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District is a political subdivision of the State of Utahand one of the largest water districts in the state. It was created in 1951 under the Water Conservancy Act and was called the Salt Lake County Water Conservancy District until 1999.
Jordan Valley Water is governed by a board of eight trustees who represent seven geographical divisions. They are nominated either by the Salt Lake County Council or a city council, depending upon the division they represent. The Governor then appoints Trustees for a 4-year term from those nominated.
Jordan Valley Water has a retail service area primarily in unincorporated areas of the county, making up about 10 percent of its deliveries; approximately ninety percent of its municipal water is delivered on a wholesale basis to cities and water districts. In addition, Jordan Valley treats and delivers water to Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy on a contractual basis for delivery to
Salt Lake Cityand Sandy City, even though neither city is within Jordan Valley Water's service boundaries. Jordan Valley also delivers untreated water to irrigators in Salt Lake and Utah Counties to meet commitments under irrigation exchanges. [www.jvwcd.org]
Water Conservation Issues
One of Jordan Valley Water's latest challenges is to promote the message of water conservation-an interesting position for a major water wholesaler. With a goal of reducing water use 25 percent by 2025, Jordan Valley Water launched a major conservation campaign in 2001 in the hopes of extending water supplies for future generations without having to pursue new sources.
With approximately 60 percent of culinary water used on outdoor landscaping, it was decided that outdoor water would be the place to begin: educate the public about more efficient ways to water our landscapes, and to teach them that water-efficient landscaping can be beautiful.
JVWCD began the conservation education campaign "Slow The Flow, Save H2O" in order to achieve its goal, and has since built the Conservation Garden Park,
* [http://www.JVWCD.org Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District]
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