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Rain Helps, But Utah’s Reservoir System Still Needs To Recover From Current Drought

As reservoir levels continue to drop along the Wasatch Front, everyone has been asked to help by taking shorter showers, watering their lawns less and stop wasting water.Meteorologist Sterling Poulson says the current drought conditions are something we’ve never seen before. He says while the little rain the state has been receiving this year has helped, the reservoirs recovering from the current drought will be a multi-year process.


Division of Water Resources spokesperson Candice Hasenyager says they have been seeing at least a 2% decrease in the reservoirs for the last several weeks and they expect to see similar conditions throughout the summer months.


Hasenyager says the reservoirs will not run out this summer. She says her biggest concern is the reservoirs depleting even further next year if the drought persists and we don’t get a lot of snow this winter, which would likely result in water rationing. 

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!