Despite rain, Utah's water outlook dreary

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  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    I read somewhere that a comment was made that Salt Lake (read urban Utah) should look like Tucson. We can manage with less water if we can reduce or eliminate lawns. The big burr under the saddle is local government with antiquated zoning requirement that do not permit non-lawn front yards.

    A second thorn is the minimum lot size and house footprint requirements. Smaller families need smaller homes. Smarter-designed homes require smaller footprints, hence smaller lots. But the big money is made on larger homes and larger lots, so the municipalities do not permit smaller homes, lots, less/no lawn landscaping.

    It isn't a cure-all but should be looked into. Local governments won't go along unless prodded by the legislature. IMO local governments use the city planning document as a defense against change until it is in their best interest to ignore the document as it is not a law but a plan.

    There are a lot of ways to conserve water, but we need to get into the process of education and change now.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    May 8, 2014 3:36 a.m.

    I don't believe this, we don't have a water shortage, we have too much development and loss of ground water replenishment, black top and concrete preventing water from replenishing the aquifers of Utah.

    Its time for development and loss of acreage are vital to approving building loss to replenish ground water. Its a hoax and mismanagement and misappropriating and violating of zoning laws is the problem. We are not short on water, we just have an irresponsible leadership who is bent on expansion without the resources to support it. Development is being planned on future River water supply that will never come to Utah, the southwest is over populated beyond sustainable use.

    Utah lost 2 million gallons a day to the NSA project in Utah and this kind of irresponsible leaders are detrimental to the economy and living conditions and we can't even grow our own food in our yards anymore, food is not a priority resource.

    We need more green space and stop with the UTA expansion. UTA is an economic white elephant that is too dependent on taxes and not a self sustaining operation, too much tax overhead in the overhead CEO's and stock holders.

  • JDMAC Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2014 6:50 p.m.

    Water outlook is "dreary"?
    Why is nearly every water or snowpack story negative?
    Are there no bright spots in the State somewhere?