As a Church, we are committed to be part of the solution to help the Great Salt Lake, and have made some initial efforts to contribute. The Great Salt Lake, as we know, is one of the nation’s true landmarks and an important resource for our community since 1847 and for the Native Peoples. Prior to that. We’re grateful that this effort working with the state will allow that water to be saved in perpetuity. That was a significant aspect of that donation, wanting to make sure that it would be able to continue, that it wouldn’t be used for other things in the future. The shares do provide approximately 20,000 acre feet, which is the equivalent of the amount of water to 20,000 single family home connections. One of the items that we really appreciated on that is this donation will help preserve critical shoreline and wetland habitat in Farmington Bay. So we are happy to support the state’s plans to improve water measurement and management and truly hope that this will facilitate and encourage future similar transactions, not just additional ones from the church, which will come, but from others as well. Beyond the state of Utah, and as part of our long term water conservation plans, we are making a concerted effort to extend waterwise practices churchwide.
We will continue to incorporate these waterwise and sustainable landscaping principles at our new meeting houses and temples along the Wasatch Front, such as the use of native or adapted drought tolerant plants and trees as the church strives to reduce its water use. We invite members of the church and community to also reduce their consumption. We encourage engagement and responsiveness to legislative changes and other recommendations from subject matter experts, recognizing the need to act with urgency and unity towards the future we hope for, one with a healthy, great Salt Lake. I echo the invitation given last June for all to pray and fast for rain and respite from the devastating drought, and for inspiration to know how we can each individually contribute to a resolution of this difficult issue.
Understanding the Church of Jesus Christ’s Water Conservation Efforts
Water conservation has become an increasingly important issue in recent years, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is no exception. As part of its ongoing efforts to promote environmental sustainability and stewardship, the Church has taken steps to reduce its water usage and protect the Great Salt Lake.
The Importance of Water Conservation
Water is a precious resource, and its conservation is crucial for sustaining life on earth. As such, it is imperative that individuals, businesses, and organizations take proactive steps to reduce their water usage and minimize waste.
The Church’s Efforts to Save Water
In an effort to reduce its water usage, the Church of Jesus Christ has implemented a number of water-saving initiatives, including the use of drought-resistant plants in landscaping, the installation of low-flow fixtures in buildings, and the implementation of water conservation education programs for members.
One of the Church’s most significant water conservation efforts is its partnership with local farmers to provide water to the Great Salt Lake. By diverting unused water from irrigation canals to the lake, the Church is helping to raise the water level and prevent the lake from drying up.
The Benefits of Water Conservation
Water conservation has numerous benefits, both for individuals and the environment. By reducing our water usage, we can save money on utility bills, reduce the strain on our water resources, and help prevent water shortages in drought-prone areas.
Additionally, water conservation can have a significant positive impact on the environment. By reducing the amount of water used for irrigation and landscaping, we can help prevent the depletion of groundwater reserves, protect aquatic ecosystems, and reduce the amount of energy required to pump and transport water.