Legislature will take another dive on contentious water issues

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 17, 2018 12:49 p.m.

    I was shocked at the report of how many millions of gallons of precious water is lost to evaporation in Lake Mead alone. I think it is past time to re-think western water use and storage. Lake Powell and Mead are horribly inefficient and it certainly isn't a surprise to see this rate of evaporation in the 115 degree heat of the Nevada desert. For the time the 2 dam's and their respective lakes made sense perhaps but time, experience and studies now show we need a better solution for the future.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    May 17, 2018 6:55 a.m.

    How can SLC Public Utilities explain its need for super sized extraterritorial watershed police powers over 5 counties when 242 cities make safe drinking water with standard watershed police power over 1,100 source acres?

    How can SLC Public Utilities explain warning its residents of water shortages while at the same time selling billions of gallons of "surplus" water for millions to Park City, Heber Valley, Alta, and 4 ski resorts?

    How can SLC Public Utilities explain its double water rates, triple staffing, and the $ 9 million a year extra water property tax SLC residents pay for no water?

    SLC, the oldest water provider planned to sell water to 2 million people and got that water from the State for free, but SLC only has a population of 193,000. That's the problem.

    SLC produces water for $480 per unit at its Parley's plant compared to $48 per unit by Jordan Valley. How do they explain that?

    How come Millcreek residents have to give SLC $36,000 a month for SLC to buy land in the canyon?

    Why won't Mayor Biskupski meet and talk about water data?

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    May 16, 2018 7:59 p.m.

    Salt Lake City has filed years ago on water rights that they never use, with the expectation that at some time in the future, they "might" need them. In the mean time, this water goes unused and wasted in the briny waters of the Great Salt Lake. To ensure their continued "claim" on these waters, for years the attorney representing Salt Lake City was the same attorney in the legislature who controlled all water rights issues.

    Until water law requires an actual current need, or the water rights will be terminated and available to the public for actual needs, the availability of water will continue to be an issue in Utah. Remember, these water rights laws go back to pioneer times, and far different circumstances.