Water Tips & Resources

water lawnDraper City is committed to providing safe, clean, drinking water. Residents and commercial customers can do their part by conserving water, and ensuring their plumbing is in compliance with ordinances and codes. Below are water conservation tips, resources for the backflow prevention program, and fluoridation information.

Water Conservation Tips

Download the Water Conservation Tips PDF. With this document you can view advice on water usage for both indoors and outdoors. Below are the top 10 most popular tips:

  1. Fix leaks. A slow drip can waste 15-20 gallons of water per day.
  2. Install a low-flow toilet that only uses 1.5 gallons or less to flush compared to older toilets that use up to 7 gallons.
  3. Use the dishwasher and clothes washer during non-peak times, which are 6-9 a.m. and 4-7p.m. 
  4. Use recycled water (without chemicals) on your houseplants.
  5. Water your lawn when 30% of it looks wilted.
  6. Don’t water after a rainstorm and reduce watering when the weather turns cooler. 
  7. Hand water dry spots in your yard.
  8. Keep weeds under control, which reduces competition for water.
  9. Clean sidewalks, driveways and gutters with a broom rather than water.
  10. Schedule a Water Check appointment through the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District by calling the Slow the Flow Hotline at 1-877-728-3420. They will provide recommendations and a customized irrigation schedule.

Backflow Prevention Program

Draper City provides our residents and customers with safe, clean, drinking water. Maintaining a backflow prevention program is one of the ways the city accomplishes this goal.

A joint responsibility between the city and its residents and customers must exist to ensure all areas of the water distribution system are adequately protected. The city will provide a safe, adequate water supply to residents and customers who in turn will maintain their plumbing system in compliance with local ordinances, requirements, codes and policies.

A backflow incident can seriously affect the quality and safety of our drinking water supply. Common examples of possible cross connections include landscape sprinkling systems, hose attachments for utility sinks, and garden hoses. Backflow prevention assemblies provide the public water system with protection against contamination or pollution.

The city's backflow technician performs a hazard assessment of all commercial buildings and residential irrigation systems. Every new business will be inspected prior to the issuing of the certificate of occupancy and it is the owner's responsibility to have the annual assembly tested.

To find a Certified Backflow Tester, refer to the State Backflow Technician List.
 

Fluoridation

Salt Lake County Health Regulation #33 requires most public water systems in the county to supplement their community drinking water with the right amount of fluoride so their system reaches the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's optimum level to have positive health effects (0.7mg/L per the CDC).

Draper City contracts with Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (JVWCD) for its water, and it began fluorinating its water on October 1, 2003. Approximately 0.8 mg/L of fluoride is added to water already containing a natural level of about 0.2 mg/L, bringing the combined level to 1.0 mg/L. Fluoride concentration levels are carefully monitored at fluoridation locations and at multiple locations within Jordan Valley’s water system. Special fluoridation control equipment protects against overfeeding and ensures safe application of fluoride.

 For more information about Jordan Valley’s method of fluoridation, call the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District at 801-565-4300. Contact the Salt Lake County Health Department for more information on fluoride: Royal DeLegge at 801-313-6600 for technical information, and Kathy Baebler at 801-468-2794 for educational information.