Utah on track for "serious" drought problems

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Another dry Utah winter could spell trouble for farmers and homeowners in the Beehive State.
SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Another dry Utah winter could spell trouble for farmers and homeowners in the Beehive State.

The seven most northern reservoirs are collectively about 60 percent full.  Reservoir levels could reach dangerous levels if enough snow doesn't fall this winter.

"Yeah, that's a problem," said Annabelle Larson from Draper.

Homeowners may have to endure forced water restrictions on lawns, according to the Weber Basin Conservancy District spokesperson, Tage Flint.

"We usually only water our lawn about every other day anyway, so it's not that big of a deal to us," said Cindy Willoughby from Riverton.

If the winter proves to be as dry as last year, when several portions of the state only received 50 percent of the normal precipitation; farmers could face serious economic consequences, according to Department of Agriculture spokesman Larry Lewis.

"If farmers have trouble growing their crops, prices of produce will definitely go up so that does hit home," said Shuaib Din, who is also from Draper.

Experts say they'll know what Utah should brace for by March 2013 when the state has had time to measure winter snow pack in the mountains.



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