During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Legislature considered several bills that would have represented significant shifts in the state’s water policy. ULCT worked extensively on many of these bills to protect cities’ ability to deliver safe, clean drinking water to their residents. We, along with other stakeholders, urged the Legislature to send the concepts in four of these bills to be further studied before potential adoption. As a result, the Department of Natural Resources has formed four study groups that will meet during the interim and provide recommendations to the Natural Resources, Environment, and Agriculture Interim Committee. ULCT will have representatives in each study group. The study groups are:
- Private property (especially in canyons)
- Water supply and surplus water (HB 124 – Water Holdings Accountability Transparency Amendments)
- Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (HB 135 – Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Amendments)
- Constitutional Amendments (HJR 15 – Proposal to Amend Utah Constitution – Municipal Water Amendments)
The constitutional amendment subgroup has created a redline of recommended legislation, which you can view here.
Other water bills implemented during the session include:
You can review our legislative recap for a full summary of these bills and how ULCT engaged on them.
To learn more about water infrastructure and conservation resources in Utah, see the links below:
- Utah Department of Natural Resources – Division of Water Resources
- Utah Department of Natural Resources – Division of Water Rights
- Meeting Information from the Department of Natural Resources’ Executive Water Task Force
The ULCT is seeking guidance on water policy from city practitioners. If you would like to become more involved, please contact either ULCT Director of Government Relations Rachel Otto (firstname.lastname@example.org) or ULCT Senior Policy Advisor John Hiskey (email@example.com).