Water Conservation FAQ

What is the current watering schedule?

Odd numbered houses and businesses: Mo-We-Fr
Even numbered houses and businesses: Tu-Th-Sa
Sundays: City and School District

Why do I see the City and others watering on Sundays?

In order to keep our system balanced, we is better to have some water usage on Sundays. We don’t allow residential or businesses to water, but allow some of the larger users (City and School District) to use the water.

Why does it seem that the City waters every day of the week?

Because of the size of some parks and the cemetery, the City will water a different part of the park and cemetery each day. While it may appear that the same piece of grass is being watered each day, it is actually watering the same piece of grass about once a week.

What are the watering violations that could result in a fine?

1. Watering on the wrong day
2. Wasting water
    a. Overwatering- Keeping sprinklers on too long
    b. Watering while it is raining
3. Watering on Sunday

What are the penalties for a watering violation?

First offense: Warning
Second offense: Disconnection from the secondary water system and $50 reconnect fee
Third offense: Disconnection from secondary water system and $200 reconnect fee
Reconnecting after shutoff: If property owner reconnects themselves to the secondary water system after being shut off by the City, a $500 penalty will be enacted in addition to any criminal action may be enforced.

What is the recommended watering time for my lawn?

Please use the following link to ascertain what the recommended watering time is. It varies on a weekly basis depending on the weather:


I was told that when the secondary water system went in that I’d be able to use all the water I wanted to and that the price wouldn’t go up.

We’ve heard a few residents make this comment. While I can’t speak to what was said in the past, our reality is that (1) we have a limited resource when it comes to water so we don’t have the luxury of allowing everyone to use as much as they want and (2) an analysis of the secondary water rates was done in 2010 that showed if there wasn’t a rate increase the water fund would be bankrupt in a couple of years. Therefore corresponding rate increases were put in to make sure the water fund stayed solvent.

How much water does the City have?

The City has water rights for enough water to operate the system each year. Depending on the amount of snow in the mountains determines how many of these water rights we are allowed to exercise. On a good snow year we are able to exercise 100% of our water rights if needed. In a drought year, we are allocated a portion of our water rights because their simply isn’t enough physical water to exercise all the water rights. For this reason a watering schedule is put into place to help conserve that water.

If the residents can water as much as they want on their allotted days, then are we really conserving water?

We are asking each citizen to limit their water usage on the days they are allowed to water. It defeats the purpose of conservation if our citizens have the attitude that they will overwater on the days they are allowed to water. Overwatering is a violation of our ordinance and subject to a citation. This really is a community effort to work together to conserve water.

Are we currently in a drought?

This is the third straight year that we aren’t receiving our full water allotment. Therefore we are asking residents to conserve water wherever possible. The City has enough water to last throughout this whole year if we have cooperation on conservancy. If we continue to run our sprinklers longer than we need to or water during a rainstorm, then we run the risk of not having enough water to last the whole year.

We got all this rain in May. Is the drought over?

The rain in May was heaven sent this year. It doesn’t signal the end of the drought because it wasn’t able to be stored as snow pack. The drought is really based on the amount of snow pack we get during the winter. The positive that the rain provided was that we used a small amount of our stored water during that month which helps with availability at the end of the year. But even with the rain we can’t be less diligent on water conservation.

What if my neighbor is watering too much or on the wrong days?

Please contact our Public Works Department at (801) 785-2941 and we will investigate it. You can remain anonymous throughout the process.

Why does the City allow more development when we have a water shortage?

Each new development is required to deed the amount of water their new development will use to the City.

Why isn’t secondary water metered?

At this point the secondary water system hasn’t been metered. When the system was installed, the technology for secondary water meters was lacking. The technology is much better now and putting in secondary water meters in now an option for consideration. The hold back at this point is the capital cost of installing the meters. It will cost $5.5M in order to install secondary water meters in the city. Right now, there isn’t a budget allocation for the installation of the meters.

Would we save water if we metered secondary water?

Before secondary water meters were installed, residents had to use culinary water to irrigate their lawns. This culinary water was metered. When the water was metered the usage was 3 gallons per minute per acre in the city. Now that the secondary water isn’t metered our usage has gone up to 7.5 gallons per minute per acre. That number shows that if secondary water was metered, we’d see a more concerted effort for residents to conserve water.




Water Conservation Awareness and Education Plan (PDF)





Pleasant Grove City has developed this Water Management and Conservation Plan to meet the requirements of the Utah Water Conservation Plan Act (UC 73-10-32). It was also developed to help the City address its water needs now and in the future.

Pleasant Grove City has designated the Public Works Director at its water conservation coordinator.




Prior to the advent of the Mormon pioneers in Utah, there were very few Europeans who had entered the Utah Valley. It was not until 1847 that the valley was really considered for communities.


Soon after the pioneers entered Utah, Brigham Young sent an exploration party to Utah Valley to locate suitable places for settlements. The men stopped at several sites until reaching a beautiful grove of cottonwood trees bordering a clear stream (Grove Creek). After scouting around, they decided that this was a choice location and staked out a town site. Their glowing report of ample water supplies, fertile soil, grass for pasturing cattle, and plentiful fish and game brought the first permanent settlers to the site in September, 1850.


Because of Indian trouble, the pioneers built a fort and constructed the first water system which was nothing more than a box flume carrying pure mountain water by each home. At each home there was an opening in the flume where a cover could be lifted and water dipped out and the cover immediately replaced to keep the water clean and pure. This system evolved into the current ditch irrigation system that is used for agricultural and some residential landscaping. This system is owned and operated by the Pleasant Grove Irrigation Company.


Since that time, the City developed a pressurized culinary water system to supply the indoor needs of its residents. This system also serves residential landscape irrigation for those who do not have access to Pleasant Grove Irrigation Company water. Water for this system is supplied by several springs and wells.


The City has also constructed a pressurized secondary irrigation system for non-culinary uses within the City. This system currently serves most of the City’s major water users and approximately 90 percent of the City’s residential users.

The assets of the former Manila Culinary Water Company have recently been split between Cedar Hills City and Pleasant Grove City. Pleasant Grove City currently serves the culinary and secondary needs of nearly all its residents. The exceptions are a few served by private wells, a few homes served by Cedar Hills City by agreement, and some irrigation company shareholders. This Conservation Plan covers all water users within Pleasant Grove City.


Inventory of Water Resources


Pleasant Grove City’s culinary water is obtained from three springs and ten wells. Table 1 shows the sources, their capacity, and their associated primary water right numbers. The City’s secondary water is obtained from two wells and surface water from shares owned in various water companies. The City rents varying amounts of additional irrigation company shares each year to supplement their secondary supply. Table 2 shows the secondary sources and associated information. The City owns various additional water rights that can be utilized in both the culinary and secondary irrigation systems.

Table Culinary Water Sources



Capacity (gpm)

Primary Water Right Number

Battle Creek Springs



Wade Springs



Battle Creek Well



Grove Creek Well



Monson Well



Anderson Park Well



Brimley Well



Ekins Well



Gibson Well



Adams Well



Peterson Well



Atwood Well



Wadley Spring