Groups allege wasteful water practices, urge audit of state agency

Published: Thursday, June 27 2013 7:14 a.m. MDT

But the groups contend that if the state and water districts like Washington County pushed an aggressive water conservation policy, the need for projects like the Lake Powell Pipeline would fall away.

"Water conservation efforts could be implemented at a fraction of the cost," Frankel said.

Ron Thompson, general manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District, said its gallons per capita per day water usage is 277.

"It's higher than what we want it to be, but not bad when compared to other Western areas," he said. "Washington County, with 300 growing days per year, is going to be higher than Cache County, with 90 days per year."

Thompson added he was recently in a meeting where people were praising Portland's water use at 150 gallons per capita per day.

"That is pretty good. What they don't tell you is that they get 100-plus inches of rain," he said. "If God gives you that per year, you can look pretty good."

Frankel said the groups are planning to ask residents to sign the petition and roll out other reasons the division needs auditing during the course of the summer.

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