State plunges ahead with water-use study

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  • NEAD SLC, UT
    Sept. 27, 2017 4:50 p.m.

    @What in Tucket,

    It's fairly well established that increasing irrigation efficiency (e.g. converting to drip or subsurface drip systems) doesn't conserve water, because of the economic incentives farmers face, created in part by the institutional mechanisms used to allocate water in the western US. Look up work by Ray Huffaker or Frank Ward for details.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Sept. 27, 2017 9:22 a.m.

    Sounds like someone better get their act together. Agriculture uses 80% of water this needs to be looked at. Drip irrigation uses half as much and if sub surface drip can be used as little as 10% with better crops. Maybe the state should be helping farmers.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    Sept. 26, 2017 5:03 p.m.

    It's ridiculous to spend $300,000 for more water studies when the State spends $90,000 a day ($22 million a year) for water management already.

    We already have water use data. It's called one million water bills a month.

    We waste too much money on water paperwork instead of wet water projects. We can't drink water paperwork.

    We've spent $400 million for water paperwork in the past 25 years and will spend $600 million over the next 25 years. We are awash in water paperwork.

    Consolidate Div of Water Resources, Div of Water Rights, and Div of Drinking Water and cut the budget in half saving $45,000 a day and give that money to cities for wet water projects.

    We can save $300 million and have better data, but we need a new State Water Engineer to get the ball rolling.