Utah drought worst in ten years, prompting emergency action
So far, six counties have declared states of emergency.
Herbert’s desk soon.
Styler said low snowfall amounts over the winter months have caused the water shortage.
Elk and deer are migrating, even dying in some areas, because of the lack of water.
Aside from praying for more snow this winter, DNR said they are hoping to get emergency protocol in place for farmers who are unable to irrigate certain crops due to the lack of moisture.
DNR says individuals can help curb the effects of the drought.
"Cutting your shower down by one minute can save 1,800 gallons of water a year," said Joshua Palmer, outreach director for the Dept.
of Water Resources.
On average, Utahns are using two and 3,000 gallons of water every time they water their landscape.
Utah DNR released numbers about low water levels at reservoirs around the state.