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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Water flows down Big Cottonwood Creek in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

In a multi-part series examining the state of water in Utah, reporter Amy Joi O'Donoghue looks at issues like pipeline construction, restrictions on water, water rights and development and the state's water supply. Here's an overview of the article covered in this series, along with links to each:

Drought. Pollution. Aging infrastructure. Utah's water challenges are vast, and keeping water flowing to the taps of a population anticipated to almost double by 2050 will keep water managers scrambling for answers.

Under current staffing conditions it would take state water officials 150 years to accurately determine water rights in Utah and Salt Lake counties. With the state population expected to double in the next 35 years, the threat of conflict is rising.

Protecting the Wasatch Canyons watershed has not always been easy, or without controversy, lawsuits and accusations. The snow that falls in the mountain is 60 percent of the water supply so the city weathers the critics and accepts the praise.

Tension and controversy over the water habits of Utahns, the pricing of water via property tax rates and looming water development projects are all driving a lot of questions and a sense of urgency to arrive at answers.