Good water year spells challenges, fun for reservoir managers

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  • portlander Arlington, WA
    May 27, 2017 8:19 p.m.

    Funny how the great drought of the west for the last 6 or so years...yeah, that drought...the one that the "experts" said would take 2 decades or more to overcome? Is actually over...in a little less than just one year. The things that make ya go "hmmm".

  • old cuss 101 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2017 10:47 a.m.

    Comment continued...
    We should also recognize that the "sky is not falling" with water in the Salt Lake valley. As agricultural land is converted to housing, the water that went with agriculture is more than ample to serve the domestic uses of the developments and the well designed greenery. 90% or more of the water that goes into a house goes back out to the treatment plant and to the river. The challenge is first in providing treatment for the influent waters (think Utah Lake water) to make them potable and second in providing the distribution. This means treatment plants which cost money, but the expansion cost burden could be made incremental with the new construction.

  • old cuss 101 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2017 10:42 a.m.

    In this high runoff spring season, I hope that our water managers are doing all that they can with filtered water out of our water treatment plants to recharge the underground aquifers ( and publicly report such.) That means putting clean water backwards down the wells that are higher on the hydraulic gradient, recharge that will serve by underground migration and storage, those cities and water districts that pump from wells year around, and then later be available to those districts who turn to pumps when the stream water falls off, i.e. Salt Lake City with its City Creek plant.

    We should also confirm that there is sufficient interconnection between districts that the waters in the metropolitan area are most efficiently used. This would include waters run by gravity pressure rather than pumping whenever possible, small scale power generation to manage pressure reduction rather than pressure reduction alone, etc. We observe that east side surface waters are generally of better quality that the pumped well waters of the west side. Interconnection and recharge of wells on the west side with thinner water from the east side would be a nice service to that part of the valley.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    May 26, 2017 11:44 p.m.

    Shhhhhhh. Don't say water and excess to loud or California and its Congressional delegation representing the most mismanaged state in the nation will come calling. Thank you for building your capacity while this state frittered away tens and tens and even more tens of billions of dollars.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    May 26, 2017 9:20 p.m.

    Any news on lake Powell and Mead?