Utah's water supply outlook: Grim

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  • Pack Layton, Utah
    March 7, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    Unless we forget, prognosticators were predicting that within 10 to 15 years (after we found out about global warming) Utah would never get cold enough to have snow except in the extreme altitudes. Also, it was predicted that the Colorado and Lake Powell would be completely dry by then. We live in a desert and the climate cycles have been occuring for hundreds of years. I was hoping that Utah would become a tropical paradise with global warming, and the oceans would rise so high we would live on the beach and I wouldn't have to go to California to enjoy the ocean.

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    March 7, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    A few years ago, water managers along the Wasatch Front warned that if people didn't conserve, rates would increase and we would run short of supplies. Both private and commercial users went into high gear and did a bang-up job in conservation. So much so that planned revenues fell short of what those managers had planned for. As a result, they had to hike water prices in spite of conservation efforts to cover needed operating costs. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.

    Utah is a high desert so supply will always run short. It's utter foolishness to release water in anticipation of projected precipitation. Maybe we need some managers who will actually manage instead of knee-jerking to a roll of the dice and then vainly trying to make corrections after the damage is already done.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    It's rained yesterday. It's rained today. Although would that count because it's in the valley? Who knows what's going on in the mountains...

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 7, 2013 1:32 a.m.

    This and Utah's history of being a desert area with very little water resources should be cause and reason enough to put an end to uncontrolled devleopment. Waster resousce are not sustainabile as it is and this state keeps pusing more and more industry and commercial development on a strained economy and resource.

    Other Counties in this state could use some development and industry so why isn't the governor doing something to help the economies of other counties besides Utah and Salt Lake? We are not only over stressed on resources these 2 counties are having serious pollution problems that don't need an overload with more people and vehicles in the Wasatch salt lake valley.

    Salt lake is suffering and nearing federal intervention of shutting down business because of pollution so why doesn't Herbert with some of his misguided greed for SLC share growth with the entire state?

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 6, 2013 10:37 p.m.

    It's past time for local governments to implement incentive programs for home owners to lower water consumption using drip systems, watering in early morning hours, not watering when its excessively windy, etc.
    Such efforts in Las Vegas over the past few years has helped cut water usage.

  • Andrew J. Marksen Deseret, UT
    March 6, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    What the "water managers" are saying is they let out too much water in the hopes that it would be replaced. They were caught playing poker and they went bust. Water is life here in the desert. Perhaps it is time to have water managers that will be far less reckless and considerably more conservative.

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 6, 2013 8:38 p.m.


    I am thinking the same thing. It is getting to the point of crying wolf. People I talk to are starting to disregard all of the dire warnings that state water managers give because every year is reportedly a bad water year.

  • lloyd braun ogden, utah
    March 6, 2013 8:37 p.m.

    Ernest T. Bass... Is your outlook pretty much bleak all the time. Let's just try to say something positive once in a while. It doesn't have to be positive about the Utes, because that would never happen, but just a positive slant on something. As for the water situation, I stopped paying attention to all the panic comments. I water when I should, try not to waste, but to listen every week as it's flooding, then we're going to run out, then flooding, then too dry. It makes me crazy. As for global warming, I have my doubts. Extremists who like to cry all the time. Chicken Little comes to mind. Hope we all make it.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    March 6, 2013 8:09 p.m.

    Snowpack is extremely variable from site to site. The water reports are compiled from a large network of monitoring stations throughout the state. This helps account for that variation. It is far more reliable than any of us going up to our favorite haunts in the mountains and trying to eyeball it. Last year's snowpack was so dismal that this year may look better in comparison and still be below average.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    March 6, 2013 7:47 p.m.

    Every year we have a water crisis, no matter how much is in the reservoirs or has fallen from the skies.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 6, 2013 7:38 p.m.

    Global warming

  • binghamalum South Jordan, UT
    March 6, 2013 7:22 p.m.

    Maybe Just take the Billions of water bottles and dump all the water back into storage we will be ok.

    Or tell my roomates to stop showering 2 times a day. Or tell my apartment landlords to fix my dripping shower head. Thats where the water goes!

    Oh and I flush at least 8 times a day. That doesnt help does it!

  • Troy06 OREM, UT
    March 6, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    I call BS. We have enough water.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    Snowtel observing stations throughout the mountains are showing generally only slight improvement relative to last year in the state. The valleys got 3x more snow this year compared to last year. Perhaps you are snowshoeing in lower elevation areas. Another possibility is that while last year and this year have similar levels at many stations the snowpack built up earlier this year while last year it took a longer time to get going. So maybe in November-January this year vs November-January last year is where you saw the difference.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 6, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    Keep watering those lawns and golf courses.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 6, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    No water? Say what??? I snow shoe alot and there is 5 times the snow pack this year compared to last year. Last year most places I went had NO snow at all. This year those same places had multiple feet. Not sure where these measurements were taken. Certainly Tiblefork Res in AF Canton and Aspen Grove in Provo Canyon are far ahead of last year - I know that for a fact.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    March 6, 2013 5:31 p.m.

    I wonder how far the MWD of Salt Lake has gone in calculating the cost of tapping the rivers north of Salt Lake, say the Yellowstone? I also wonder how the Washington County Water Agency is doing getting their Ducks lined up to actually tap Lake Powell for the good people of St. George? The later project was supposed to come on line in 2020. DN Staff, I think you should make some inquiries, don't you think?