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Environmental Mission Statement
Actively promote the long term, sustainable development and wise use of water, energy, and other resources under the stewardship of the Metropolitan Water District through conserving water and energy, protecting water quality and the watershed and assuring regulatory and environmental compliance. All actions will take into consideration the relevant goals and activities of the member cities, associated districts, and the State.
The District receives water supply from Little Cottonwood Canyon, Bell Canyon, the Provo River Project, Ontario Drain Tunnel, Little Dell Reservoir, and the Central Utah Project. Through the Provo River Project, the District is a shareholder of the Provo River Water Users Association. The Provo River Project includes the Salt Lake Aqueduct, Deer Creek Dam, Provo River Aqueduct, and the Tranbasin Diversions. The Central Utah Project includes Jordanelle Reservoir, Jordan Aqueduct, and the Jordan Valley Water Treatment Plant.
Most of the water treated by the Little Cottonwood Water Treatment Plant and the Point of the Mountain Water Treatment Plant comes from Deer Creek Reservoir. When the reservoir is full, it contains 152,564 acre-feet of water. Of this amount, 61,700 acre-feet belong to the District in a normal water year.
Demonstration Gardens are valuable resources in providing landscapers and homeowners with water wise ideas for their own gardens. Sego Lily Gardens, owned by Sandy City, is located at 1472 East Sego Lily Drive (10200 South). The Garden has on display more than 1,100 plant species and staff members are on hand to answer questions about irrigation systems, zoning, and landscaping. The Gardens are open seven days a week from spring through fall. For more information about Sego Lily Gardens, call 801-568-6087.
Greater Avenues Garden, owned by Salt Lake City, is the newest conservation garden in the valley. It is located at the intersection of Terrace Hills and 11th Avenue. This garden demonstrates waterwise landscapes and shows that with a little planning and preparation, we can grow beautiful gardens and use less water.
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