Salt Lake City protects and conserves its water resources, which support the region's high quality of life, health and economic well being.

2015 Goals

  • Maintain high drinking water, storm-water and wastewater quality.
  • Sustain Salt Lake City's water resources for current and future generations.
  • Plan for and adapt to climate change.


  • Comprehensive plan to address environmental protection, transportation, wilderness, and other uses of the Wasatch Canyons.

  • Acres of Wasatch watershed lands preserved in perpetuity.

  • Existence of a formal, cross jurisdictional watershed collaborative.

  • Aggregate water use.

  • Formal storm-water control measures for Salt Lake City.

  • Storm water Quality Management Plan.

  • Number of riparian improvement projects completed on Jordan River and city creeks.

  • Wastewater Reclamation Facility and NACWA compliance record.

  • Climate Adaptation planning.

  • Conservation.

  • Drinking Water Standards.

Starting Point

  • City working with coalition of stakeholders on planning process for Wasatch Canyons.

  • 26,000 acres in 2012.

  • No formal organization in 2011.

  • 219 gallons of water/customer in 2011.

  • No specific measures in place in 2011.

  • Operating under 2006 plan.

  • Corridor assessments completed on City creeks in 2011.

  • Fourteen years of full water quality compliance and National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ Platinum Award.

  • Research and collaboration in 2011.

  • Water Conservation Master Plan last updated in 2009.

  • Well within Safe Drinking Water Act standards in 2011.

2015 Target

  • Published plan or plans that address future land use and transportation in canyons, and establishes decision making framework.

  • 28,500 acres in 2015 (an increase of 2,500 acres).

  • The Wasatch Water Legacy Partnership has been created and is working collaboratively in 2015.

  • 1% per year average reduction in water use to meet Utah Lake System Contract.

  • Formal storm-water control measures for reducing sediment, suspended solids and nutrients adopted.

  • Updated plan adopted.

  • Complete assessment of Jordan River, implement 15 projects on the Jordan River and/or creeks.

  • Continue operations to allow compliance and continued NACWA Platinum Award.

  • Climate adaptation incorporated into water resource planning processes by 2015.

  • Updated Water Conservation Master Plan.

  • Continue to meet federal and state Safe Drinking Water Act standards.

Current Status

  • Mountain Accord update.

  • 26,000 acres of watershed lands preserved as of 2014.

  • Organization was formed in 2012 and meets quarterly. Several subcommittees meet more frequently.

  • In 2014, 196 gallons of water per customer was delivered.

  • In 2015, 8 minimum control measure are being implemented.

  • Plan development is underway and is expected to be completed by October 2015.

  • In 2014, several projects are under construction.

  • Received NACWA's Platinum 20 Award for 20 years of permit compliance.

  • Plan development underway.

  • The updated Water Conservation Master Plan has been adopted by the City Council.

  • Standards continue to be met.