Wyoming officials call for better water #conservation practices amid #drought conditions — #Wyoming Public Media

Wyoming Drought Monitor map September 6, 2022.

Click the link to read the article on the Wyoming Public Media website (Will Walkey). Here’s an excerpt:

Officials in Jackson sent notices last month asking property owners to cut back on water use following a record-breaking July for the town’s pumping system, according to the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Carlin Girard, Executive Director of the Teton Conservation District, said collective action can make a massive difference…In particular, Girard points to landscaping as an area that could be improved. He said simple changes, like planting native vegetation in your yard or cutting and watering your lawn less frequently, can save precious aquifer resources…A rainy summer has been helpful for reducing local drought conditions, but it doesn’t replace a recent string of dry winters with relatively low snowpack, according to Girard…

Girard also said his advice could be extended to other parts of the Cowboy State. Rawlins users have been asked to cut back in recent months, in part due to infrastructure issues. And Southeast Wyoming is currently facing “severe” drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Wyoming rivers map via Geology.com

2 thoughts on “Wyoming officials call for better water #conservation practices amid #drought conditions — #Wyoming Public Media

  1. Perhaps we should carefully look at what Israel did to deal with their water shortage, being in a more harsh environment. Israel built innovative water treatment systems that recaptured 86 percent of the water that goes down the drain and used it for irrigation — vastly more than the second-most-efficient country in the world, Spain, which recycles 19 percent.
    Now, they upped their game.

    Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Israel not only produces most of its own food, but also exports $1.3 billion worth of agricultural produce annually. This includes farm products as well as some $1.2 billion worth of agricultural inputs and technology sold overseas every year. Israeli farmers and scientists have had to contend with a difficult environment and limited water resources…
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    Japan is another nation, known for water reclamation and conservation. (Search YouTube for Japanese bathrooms)

    1. Thanks for commenting.

      It is the cost of efficiency that holds it back. Also in the western U.S. anxiety of the abandonment of water rights does not encourage the investment and many ditch systems have evolved to work with return flows from flood irrigation.

      John Orr

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