Darren E. Hess

Assistant General Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Weber Basin Water Conservancy District

Bio:

Mr. Hess is currently an Assistant General Manager for Weber Basin Water Conservancy District. He is over strategic initiatives, future water supplies and the water conservation program for the District. Prior to his current position, he served as the Engineering Manager for Weber Basin Water for 12 years. Mr. Hess has 20 years of experience working in all facets of the Water Industry. He enjoys applying his engineering experience and background to solve water supply and water conveyance issues. Mr. Hess has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University. He is also a licensed professional engineer in Utah. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching his family participate in athletic events, and spending time outdoors.

TitleConservation Projects that Help Postpone the Bear River Project

Thursday, May 10, 3:25 PM

Abstract: Weber Basin Water Conservancy District continues to increase its water conservation efforts. The metering of secondary water is possibly the largest conservation program which is yielding significant results in water use reductions. The District has installed over 7,000 secondary water meters and is achieving water savings at an average of 35%. The District is also issuing rebates for the purchase of smart irrigation controllers both on the residential side and in commercial applications. In addition, the District recently created a rebate program for low flow toilet replacements on toilets installed prior to the year 2000. The District continues with public education by doing free residential water checks, water treatment and garden tours for school groups, and free landscape classes and garden events to promote the wise use of water. The District is also increasing awareness through advertising on billboards, UTA buses and local ad mailers to promote the principles of water efficiency and proper irrigation.  These ads target outdoor use and encourage less wasteful watering practices in the landscape.

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Why We Care

  • The whole environment of Great Salt Lake is a place of wonder. Life abounds in water, on islands, and about the marshland edges where migratory birds find refuge during long flights north and south. It is also a source of income for companies around its rim (unfortunately). Challenges for the Lake today are balancing acts. We must continue to foster the generous gifts the Lake provides for wildlife, community, and visitors as well as make peace with the human intrusions that threaten not only the Lake’s beauty, but also its very existence as the bountiful center of a thriving community along the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.

    Maurine Haltiner, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant