SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Most of Utah is currently experiencing exceptional drought, the highest level of drought the US Drought Monitor uses in its classification system.
As of June 29, Utah was at 100% drought, 98% extreme drought, and 65% exceptional drought.
One Utah reservoir is completely dried up while others are dropping to near historic levels. Utah authorities are calling for water conservation and even the Great Salt Lake is shrinking.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson are even calling yellow the new green, begging residents to adopt more yellow – or even a little brown – on their lawns.
As the people of Utah and many cities are doing what they can to conserve water amid the ongoing drought and heat wave, what about one of the biggest Salt Lake City tourist attractions?
In June, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that Temple Square would begin reopening in phases. And recently, the Church announced that the iconic location in Temple Square – the Tabernacle Choir – will reopen soon.
According to the Church, its Temple Square is also not excluded from calls for water conservation.
“We have reduced water use for the Temple Square landscaping and are following state recommendations to water only twice a week,” a Church spokesperson told ABC4. com. “The Church has installed ‘waterwise’ irrigation systems since the early 2000s in all new facilities, and we continue to modernize older systems. We have adjusted these and all of our watering schedules to meet state guidelines. We also continue to personally monitor the conditions of our properties. “
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