Latter-day Saint leaders asking members to conserve water

Headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

SALT LAKE CITY — Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are asking members of the faith and others to conserve water as much of the west heads into hot summer temperatures. The Church released a statement Wednesday morning noting that members live in a variety of environmental circumstances, from serious drought to significant flooding.

A portion of the statement said, “We all play a part in preserving the critical resources needed to sustain life — especially water — and we invite others to join us in reducing water use wherever possible.”

A chapel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

In this area of the United States, the Church is working to reduce water use in all their buildings and facilities, including exterior landscaping. The Church has installed water-wise irrigation systems and low-flow plumbing systems in buildings constructed since the early 2000s and continues to retrofit older systems. Additionally, they have adjusted watering schedules to meet local government guidelines and continue to monitor the conditions of all of Church properties.

Watering of lawns and landscapes at temples, meetinghouses and other buildings is being reduced. In some cases, landscape will be permitted to brown and become dormant. In addition, planning is underway to identify landscape changes that will permanently reduce water use. These include more native plants, low-utility lawns and water management practices.

The statement concluded by asking members to join with friends of other faiths by praying for rain and respite from the devastating drought.

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