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Cox Issues Additional Executive Order To Combat Drought


On Thursday, Gov. Spencer Cox declared another State of Emergency in order to combat ongoing extreme drought conditions across Utah. According to FOX 13, Utahns should expect new water restrictions and strict enforcement. Water Resources Drought Coordinator Laura Haskell said the conditions “are actually pretty bad.” With only 81 percent of normal snowfall and historically dry soil, Utah has much less snowmelt to make it into its rivers this year. More than 90% of the state is classified as being in an extreme drought.


Haskell said she doesn’t think “landscapes need as much water as (people) think that they do.” She recommends not overwatering landscapes, only watering during the night and making sure to fix any leaks.