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".
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.
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.
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.
Any news on lake Powell and Mead?