Aging pipelines, dams and water scarcity among top water concerns in the West

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  • brightness Taylorsville, UT
    June 13, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    The water, oil, and sewer pipes are all aging and need to be replaced. With the decrease in water in the pipes will allow moss to grow and salt to accumulate which increases the rate of metal decay. This could contaminate or drinking water.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    June 12, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    Fitz, you're correct on the problems that the extreme left have caused for those trying to maintain habitability for people in areas like our state. Now if we add the obstructions of the extreme right to any kind of taxation and public revenue and such infrastructure is doomed, as are the communities that need it.

  • Fitz Murray, UT
    June 12, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    Our various governments, that is city, county, state and federal, spend our tax dollars on programs that are not part of the base of what government is supposed to do. Such things as a Broadway style Grand Theater, or create bike trails when the road is already there (and safer than parking lots) and so many other misuses of tax payer dollars.

    The local governments should be updating and replacing infrastructure, in this case water lines, before they put money into theaters. The State should be closely monitoring dams, updating and repairing them, and pushing for more water storage, as well as conservation measures. And the feds failed the west when they quit building dams. There were four more dam sites set aside in Utah on the Green and Colorado Rivers that were abandoned by the Bureau of Reclamation. If we had them today, water concerns would much less an issue and we would have significantly more clean electricity.

    There were other dams that should have been build as part of the Central Utah Project and dams like Jordanelle and Little Dell that were supposed to be bigger. We have let the extremist environmentalists push us into a corner.