The Utah Water Quality Board guides the development of water quality policy and regulations within the state.
The Water Quality Board is appointed by the governor, with the consent of the senate. The Utah Division of Water Quality is the administrative arm of the board. The board’s makeup is defined by statute in the Utah Code, Section 19-5-103, and is designed to represent various interest groups of the Water Quality community. The terms of the board members are staggered over a three year period.
As a result of legislation passed during the 2012 General Session of the Utah Legislature, changes were made to the make-up of the Utah Water Quality Board (Title 19, Chapter 5, Section 103). These changes may be found on the Legislature’s Website. These changes took effect on March 1, 2013.
The Water Quality Board generally meets on a monthly basis.
Southern Utah Reuse Grant Program
During the 2022 session, the legislature appropriated $15 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding appropriations for “wastewater reuse projects in Southern Utah with priority for projects that mitigate the impacts of drought on rural communities and the agricultural sector.” The Water Quality Board has defined that any reuse project located in the Central, Southeastern, and Southwest districts will be considered for funding, excluding any projects that are located in the Great Salt Lake watershed. Grant fund applications must be received by October 17, 2022.