Cox bans fireworks on state lands, orders more watering cutbacks amid severe drought

Sprinklers water a lawn in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 7, 2021. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox issues his third water restriction in four months. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Yellow lawns will likely be the norm for the summer as Utah Gov. Spencer Cox issued his third water restriction in four months on Tuesday with the state suffering under unprecedented drought conditions.

He also announced a ban on fireworks on all state lands, including in parks, as well as on private lands in unincorporated areas of Utah. Hundreds of wildfires have already been sparked this year, most human caused.

“We are moving out of the pandemic and we’re headed right into another disaster,” Cox said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

More limits on watering lawns at state facilities

Cox’s executive order requires lawn watering at northern state facilities to be reduced to two days per week. A previous order allowed watering three days per week, which is still permitted at southern properties.

Cox is urging local municipalities to adopt similar restrictions for the coming dry, hot summer.

These restrictions follow two similar orders from Cox’s office declaring a statewide drought emergency.

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