Utah withers under two years of dry weather pattern

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  • vance SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 26, 2013 9:09 p.m.

    As a concerned Utah Citizen, I inquired of the City of Bluffdale " Where exactly is the new NSA Facility going to acquire the 1.7 gallons of water a day necessary to cool their equipment?" I was told it was a secret. I guess this follows the old cliche, " I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you". We worry about where our water comes from, then Our Senator Orin Hatch says he is proud and this facility will be a boon to UTAH'. OH REALLY. Not only are they going to use up our water, but there will be only 100 personnel working there. I wonder how many of that exotic number will be from Utah.

    We might want to be a little nervous when the largest spy facility in the world is in our own back yard spying on many foreign countries who's politicians are not necessarily our friends and us (?).And , guess what, we are paying them to do this. A billion dollars for their facility, and a billion dollars for the spy equipment. Something for "WE THE PEOPLE" to ponder.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 26, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    Don't worry...it's all good...remember, global warming isn't real. I read it on the Deseret News comment boards.

    Last winter when we were shoveling feet of snow off our driveways I was amused to read all the "shovel this global warming" comments. Since one winter snowstorm was enough to prove to some of you that global warming is fake, then this weekend's record breaking heat wave must be proving to you that global warming is real, right? Or am I doing it wrong?

  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    June 26, 2013 9:47 a.m.


    Heaven help us if conditions go back to the wet, cold climate that existed here 15,000 years ago. ;)

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    June 26, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    Utah receives about 1 foot of water annually (15 inches on average). Many cities require about 6 acre-feet of water to develop one acre (4 acre-feet of irrigation plus 2 acre-feet for inside use). Utah does not nor ever will have 6 acre-feet of water per acre state wide. This means on 5/6 of Utah's land must go dry so the 1/6 can be developed. Dry land is worthless sage brush, but watered land can be worth $200,000 per acre. The primary benefactor the CUP project was and is Kennecott's massive dry land holdings near Herriman called Day Break. The CUP water created billions in value for Kennecott.

    We need to have more accurate water duties to maximize the use of water to the most possible land. The current duties for domestic use (400 gallons per day versus the real use of 178 gallons) is outdated. The average house in Utah inside water use is 178 gallons per day, yet developers are required to purchase water rights for 400 gallons per day per housing unit. Inaccurate water duties cost new home buyers up to $6,000.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 26, 2013 4:42 a.m.

    I wonder how the Governor is going to justify his government expansion policies? Apparently the governor thinks that if we develop and strip our water resources for industrial low tech jobs will create water. The CUP pipe line has been abandoned again, unless he doubles our taxes again to fund it for another 50 years to create a dry river bed across eastern Utah.

    The state and salt lake valley has had their water resources compromised for the last 30 years by over development and loss of ground water (aquifers) stressed beyond their ability to replenish the heave use. If it wasn't for the thousands of homes going into foreclosure and abandoned, water resources would have been worse sooner.

    Government expansion is scorching the earth and we haven't even begun the oil/gas fracking processes stripping billions of barrels of water from the world environment and converted into non recoverable toxic waste that has to be canned and buried forever.

    Development and expansion always cures a water shortage and government growth.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2013 1:19 a.m.

    Semi arid desert state has a dry spell....shocked. :P

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    June 26, 2013 12:46 a.m.

    Well, this news surely doesn't put a dent in those willing to buy and sell fire works, both legal and illegal.

    We can expect to see lots more fires and damage to structures and the environment, thanks in part to the people who are too narrow minded to see the real hazards and the elected officials who don't have the guts to ban them, or, at least, reduce the number of days they can be sold.