Orem has over 300 acres of parks that are maintained by the city. With all this green space, it takes a lot of water to keep things green! Fortunately, our water department has implemented a water conservation system that saves both water and money.
Orem uses a computer system called Maxicom that can control city watering from a central location. The system receives weather reports from local weather stations and is smart enough to reduce watering times if there has been recent precipitation. Since implementing this system, watering times have gone down nearly 50% in some city parks!The system also has flow meters that can shut off a valve if a broken sprinkler head is causing water loss. It also sends a report telling employees that a repair is needed. While not all parks have the system installed, the water department is gradually adding meters and valves to complete the system. In addition to reducing watering times, the system schedules watering at night when it is most effective. However, watering must also be done during the day in some instances. The cemetery, for example, has very sandy soil that does not retain water well. This results in hot spots where grass can quickly burn and die unless it is cooled down. The water department is careful to avoid daytime watering unless absolutely necessary. This system has done a lot to help Orem conserve water. While we are fortunate to have avoided the water emergencies experienced in other cities this summer, we invite all Orem residents to join the city in using water wisely.