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Utah's waterways flush with pollution problem — and it could cost residents

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    May 6, 2014 11:55 a.m.

    I think I have a simple solution that would probably cost less.

    How about we take the water that has the nitrogen an phosphorus and dump that into the secondary water system. Then, rather than taking water from the streams and rivers for irrigation we leave that water alone. Each time the water passes through the irigation system, more of the nutrients will be taken up by the plants and turned into green lawns and gardens.

  • LindaGJ Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    We should fix our water systems now, because the problems will be exacerbated with population growth. We should also think about how much growth we really want and consider a steady-state population outcome. The phosphorus that is removed from the water is recoverable and should be marketable; with worldwide population growth there will be food and fertilizer shortages.

    I understand the South Jordan water treatment plant can, with one more step, produce entirely clean water. We may need that capability in the future, too. There is a local conceit that, because we limit use of our forests in the watersheds, we can have clean drinking water for free. This is not really possible or even appropriate, considering drought, less snowfall and more rain that runs off fast, and more people.

    The article talks only about pollution, but there is an extraordinary amount of very expensive water pipe repair that also needs to be done. Water is both valuable and costly, and wasting it will become impossible. Luckily, Governor Herbert's YOUR UTAH planning is carefully looking into these problems. Those of us who've worked for clean air will soon be looking for clean water.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 6, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    I guess we should all quit going to the bathroom then, eh?

  • Rob86 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 6, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    An "unfair burden to hoist on ratepayers for a pollution problem not yet ordered curtailed by the federal government." Must the government tell us what to do and when and why to do it? Or can we just use common sense?

    We have a pollution problem and we know how to fix it. We'll need to fix it sooner or later. Might as well begin now with a dollar or two each month.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    May 5, 2014 9:58 p.m.

    The people in your fair state comment more on sports events and celebrities than they do about environmental stewardship issues.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    May 5, 2014 8:44 p.m.

    Is it past time to clean the waterways and the air in Utah. Beauty doesn't last forever when treated poorly.