With Iron County in the midst of an exceptional drought, Coal Creek’s flows are low and natural habitats and wildlife are in jeopardy. The Central Iron County Water Conservancy District Board adopted a resolution June 17 addressing the drought, Iron County, date unspecified | Photo courtesy of the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District, St. George News
CEDAR CITY — To educate the community and stress the importance of water during an exceptional drought period, the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District has launched the “Get to Know Your H2O” campaign and is working with communities in the area and the Washington County Water Conservancy District.
In the past 18 months, Iron County has received the smallest amount of precipitation in any 18-month period on record since 1897, and in response to the drought the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District Board adopted a resolution last Thursday urging stakeholders to implement conservation measures and resolving to take certain water-saving actions, according to a press release issued by the district.
Paul Monroe, district general manager, said in the news release that it is important to recognize the seriousness of the situation.
“Historically we have been in droughts before, but never to this extent,” he said. “The accumulation of record temperatures and well-below-average precipitation has left water resources and plants extremely stressed.”
With only 12.33 inches of precipitation in a year and a half, when the average amount is 22.24 inches, the area continues to suffer from exceptional drought. The primary source of water for agricultural and drinking water is the underground Cedar Valley Aquifer, which dropped 6 feet last year and is expected to exceed that next year, the release states.
Drought conditions are projected to persist, increasing and prolonging the threat of wildfire and creating a negative impact on wildlife and natural habitats as well as agricultural businesses and livestock production.
Gov. Spencer Cox declared a State of Emergency due to drought conditions on May 13, and on June 8, he directed all state facilities to reduce outdoor watering to twice a week, asking all municipalities, businesses and property owners to do the same.
The district’s resolution urges community members and stakeholders including Cedar City, Enoch City, Kanarraville Town, the Iron County School District and Iron County to follow suit and limit water usage to two times a week on turf. It asks all water users to…