Southern Utah left wanting for water

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 16, 2014 6:17 a.m.

    Some are saying the Colorado river is over allocated. Has anyone thought of piping water to the Colorado from either the Columbia or the Missouri rivers or even the great lakes region?

  • 5 Orem, UT
    April 15, 2014 7:06 p.m.

    During the Leavitt administration Las Vegas offered to build the pipeline and let St. George tap into it, if the state of Utah would lease our water to Las Vegas for 20 years. That would have allowed Las vegas time to develop other longer term resources. It would have also saved the water for our future needs by using it before California could try to preempt the water for non use.

    The offer was refused. It seems the owners of Virgin River water didn't want the value of their water to be diluted by easy access to Lake Powell water.

  • donquixote84721 Cedar City, UT
    April 15, 2014 5:11 p.m.

    Before ay city gets more water they should be required to conserve and recycle the water they now have. Even Farmers and Ranchers waste water by watering in the heat of the day, or when there is a rainy spell.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 15, 2014 4:38 p.m.

    Of all the problems Utah faces, water is the biggest issue that will impact future economic growth. More than ACA. More than possible base closings. More than just about any other issue... water rights and development will determine the future growth potential of Utah, and the issue gets far less coverage than it deserves.

    But by all means, lets myopically focus on "other" issues..... and ignore the big elephant in the corner of the room.

  • Pack Layton, Utah
    April 15, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    I don't know why we are so concerned, because remember that "climate change" is causing the polar ice caps and the glaciers to melt so fast that the oceans will rise and probably turn into fresh water real soon. We will all live in a tropical paradise.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    April 15, 2014 1:59 p.m.

    My Last sentance should read. "But Californians and their One Trillion Dollar a year economy will not go into the night quietly" Further, the Washington county water authority needs to do a better job educating the public as to what is at stake. The Anasazi people lived here a thousnad plus years ago until a long term drought drove them out. I think 21st Century Technolgy can make living in Southern Utah possible but it comes at a price.

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    Lake Mead is at half capacity. Las Vegas is trying to get water from deserts of Eastern Nevada and Western Utah. Lake Powell is at historic lows. The Palm Springs area gets an average of 2 inches of precipitation a year, yet went over 100 golf courses a few years ago. Enough is enough. Conservation and stabilizing growth are the only things that will work. We cannot continue to get blood from a turnip. If St. George residents think water is expensive now, wait until we have to have desalination plants (like in Saudi Arabia) and pipe it 300 miles inland. I think we are beginning to see that Edward Abbey's George Hayduke was right - Glen Canyon Dam should never have been built.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    April 15, 2014 1:46 p.m.

    As a current SoCal resident and a future potential retiree to Utah. It seems to me Washington County, a having a diversity of water supplies is a good thing. SoCal mainly depends on our water supplies from the Colorado River and the State water project from Northern California. With the severe drought in NorCal. We Southlanders aren't getting any water from the Sacramento Delta this year. Thank goodness we have a 800,000 AF Reservior in SoCal to buy us time until the drought breaks. But, SoCal may be still not out of the woods. A long-term solution to this presistent drought may be using desalination processes to tap the Pacific Ocean. Its going to be expensive water, But Californians and their 1 Trillion Dollar will not go into the night quietly.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    April 15, 2014 1:42 p.m.

    First, if water rates are indeed low in this region, all the more reason to bond and build the pipeline. Costs can be shared with the St George users supplemented by state and federal funds. Humans are dependant on water and it's a sure bet that the resource will be needed for future generations.

    Conservation is needed element in the process of delivering a vital resource to the citizens. I also agree the cost structure needs to change through out the region to reflect this scarce commodity that we all depend on to exist on the planet.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    April 15, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    As a wiser generation was fond of saying, "Waste not, want not."

  • mcdugall Murray, UT
    April 15, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    After taking a look at the cost of water service charged to St. George residents, there needs to be more of an emphasis on conservation and moving towards a cost structure that is more aligned with the scarcity of water available before any type of massive infrastructure investment takes place.