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5:51 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

April Precipitation Bolsters Utah Watershed

April showers are said to bring May flowers, but they also increase watershed levels.  It has been a rainy month of April and Deputy Director of the Division of Water Resources Todd Adams said the watershed is benefiting from recent statewide weather conditions.

April showers have resulted in a strengthened watershed for Utah.
Credit http://directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/tag/monsoon-rain/

"The rain and the snow helps the watershed because we're augmenting a little bit to what we have and as well as with the temperatures cooling down, those of us that live in the valleys whether in the municipal or the agricultural side can delay watering that much longer," said Adams.

While the recent precipitation helps the state’s water situation, Adams said the watershed levels can vary drastically by region.

"We range anywhere in the state from around 20% to up over 120% in northern Utah," said Adams. "Up north we're doing really well and down south, they  almost have melted out all of their snow pack, so it depends on how you look at it and where you are. "

Adams said the beginning of April is when the snow pack levels typically peak, so it is important to take advantage of the current precipitation and not water lawns and gardens until it becomes necessary.

For more information about when and how to appropriately water your lawn, visit the Division of Water Resources' online Watering Guide.