Forward-Looking Vision Spurs$50 Million Water Grant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded Provo City with its largest grant of $50 million through the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program.


Provo City received funding for its Aquifer RechargeInitiative. This pilot program, one of only four drought-related projects to receive national funding, monitors strategic wells to gauge efficiency of surface water seeping into the earth and raising the aquifer below.


A healthy groundwater system is an important element of the natural supply to surface water sources such as Utah Lake and the Great Salt Lake.


With this funding comes the opportunity to build a state-of-the-art water treatment plant to work with our aquifer management to securely meet the water needs of Provo for generations to come.


I commend the Provo community for its innovation and investment in the future.- Katherine Fox, FEMA Region 8 Director


Why the Water Treatment Plant Matters:

• Will play an essential role in drought resilience

• Will function as a secondary treatment source in an emergency

• It is a valuable component of our aquifer management program, ensuring a long-term, sustainable water supply for Provo City and surrounding region


Meet Carla Gordon, Provo’s New Library Director

Carla was hired by the ProvoLibrary 23 years ago—and never left after falling in love with the staff, the community, and our historically iconic building. After working with Gene Nelson for two decades prior to his retirement, Carla is looking forward to serving residents with continued favorites, as well as showcasing relatively unknown library resources.


The Future of the Provo Library is Bright

The Provo Library at Academy Square has resources to enrich the life of every citizen in Provo, not just readers, including:

•Enjoy the Library Van as it reaches the community outside of the library walls

•Listen to an ever-expanding selection of downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks

•Check-out items such as telescopes, projectors, discover kits, book club sets and cd players

•Experience unique offerings such as escape rooms, virtual reality sessions, art galleries, and crafting projects


There are so many opportunities to grow and so many needs the Provo Library at Academy Square fulfills for our community.

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Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff


In urban and suburban areas, much of the land surface is covered by buildings and pavement, which do not allow rain and snowmelt to soak into the ground. Instead, most developed areas rely on storm drains to carry large amounts of runoff from roofs and paved areas to nearby waterways. Stormwater runoff can carry pollutants such as oil, dirt, chemicals, and lawn fertilizers directly to streams and rivers, where they seriously harm water quality. To protect surface water quality and groundwater resources, Provo City has required development in non-sensitive land areas to design and build with Low Impact Development (LID) methods to reduce runoff increases.


Provo residents can help! Households can develop alternatives to areas traditionally covered by impervious surfaces to decrease polluted runoff from paved surfaces. Porous pavement materials are available for driveways and paths. Using a combination of native bushes and trees, mulch, and grass in our landscaping can benefit runoff quality and our local water resources. Homeowners can use fertilizers sparingly and sweep driveways, sidewalks, and roads instead of using a hose. They can also rake leaves from lawns, sidewalks, and gutters. Instead of disposing of yard waste, we can use the materials to start a compost pile. In addition, Provo families can prevent polluted runoff by picking up after pets and using, storing, and disposing of chemicals properly. Drivers should check their cars for leaks and recycle their motor oil and antifreeze when these fluids are changed. Households served by septic systems should have them professionally inspected and pumped every 3 to 5 years.


Pool Owners


Wastewater generated by pools and hot tubs can contain contaminants such as chlorine, bromine, and others harmful to streams, rivers, and lakes. Discharging of pool water should be drained into the sanitary sewer. Contact Provo City Public Works Storm Water for additional information or questions by calling 801-852-6700.

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