Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service

Project Prologue

Water Conservation Plans

March 1996

During Governor Leavitt administration, legislation was passed imposing requirements that stated “a water conservancy district or retail water provider may only receive state funds for water development if they comply with the requirement to prepare a water conservation plan.” The most recent version of the legislation is found in UCA 73-10-32 (5). It was the intent of the Legislature that the water conservation plans, amendments to water conservation plans, and the studies and report by the board be handled within the existing budgets of the respective entities or agencies. As a result, water agencies now require that a water conservation plan is submitted prior to closing loans for any municipal water or wastewater infrastructure project. The Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Resources passed rules found at UAC R-653 that have further defined the components of a water conservation plan.

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