I think I have a simple solution that would probably cost less.How
about we take the water that has the nitrogen an phosphorus and dump that into
the secondary water system. Then, rather than taking water from the streams and
rivers for irrigation we leave that water alone. Each time the water passes
through the irigation system, more of the nutrients will be taken up by the
plants and turned into green lawns and gardens.
We should fix our water systems now, because the problems will be exacerbated
with population growth. We should also think about how much growth we really
want and consider a steady-state population outcome. The phosphorus that is
removed from the water is recoverable and should be marketable; with worldwide
population growth there will be food and fertilizer shortages. I
understand the South Jordan water treatment plant can, with one more step,
produce entirely clean water. We may need that capability in the future, too.
There is a local conceit that, because we limit use of our forests in the
watersheds, we can have clean drinking water for free. This is not really
possible or even appropriate, considering drought, less snowfall and more rain
that runs off fast, and more people.The article talks only about
pollution, but there is an extraordinary amount of very expensive water pipe
repair that also needs to be done. Water is both valuable and costly, and
wasting it will become impossible. Luckily, Governor Herbert's YOUR UTAH
planning is carefully looking into these problems. Those of us who've
worked for clean air will soon be looking for clean water.
I guess we should all quit going to the bathroom then, eh?
An "unfair burden to hoist on ratepayers for a pollution problem not yet
ordered curtailed by the federal government." Must the government tell us
what to do and when and why to do it? Or can we just use common sense?We have a pollution problem and we know how to fix it. We'll need to fix
it sooner or later. Might as well begin now with a dollar or two each month.
The people in your fair state comment more on sports events and celebrities than
they do about environmental stewardship issues.
Is it past time to clean the waterways and the air in Utah. Beauty doesn't
last forever when treated poorly.