Utah is one of the fastest growing states in the country with about 60,000 new
people/year. That's a new city every year. More than half of that is
immigration. We cannot make the same mistake California did and keep our water
supply constant while the state grows. Utah has plenty of water, but we have an
uneven water supply. We need to capture the overabundance that normally causes
flooding and release it during the dryer times.We also need to build
more water delivery infrastructure. Of course all of that costs money. So how do
we pay for it? One approach would be to charge impact fees for people moving to
Utah. This would be a onetime fee to directly fund the infrastructure that is
needed as a direct result of growth. This would also include other things like
roads, schools, etc.
This is an attack on Salt Lake City, nothing more, nothing less.
If a water line is owned by a city then that city is accountable for maintenance
or repairs ever if it crosses other cities boundaries. Oneing city collects fees
and taxes on thier pipeline then it is accountable to fix a water leak in
another city and required only a notice to access and repair the line on any of
If the Cities don't like the arrangement, let them find water elsewhere.SLC by Utah law owns water and watershed for a large area. Because the
water wasn't being used by SLC, it was authorized to sell it as surplus to
various cities.As the article stated, SLC has told Sandy that their
surplus water contract is ending and Sandy now must find water from another
source. This is due to development of the new Prison and the Inland Port.The only City that SLC should keep a contract with is Alta. The rest,
it should give a 1 year notice that the Surplus water contract is ending. SLC has a current population of just over 200K and it will be over 210K
come the 2020 census. What has helped other areas keep their water contracts
from SLC is the higher density of SLC. With the planned residential
construction growth in SLC, it may hit 250K by 2030 if not sooner. As other cities have been refusing to support high density development, they
should be prepared to face higher water bills as they are forced to find water
from other sources.
With no reservoirs under construction it’s too late Utah. Jordanelle took
over 50 years from first announced to completion.
Why should Millcreek and Cottonwood Heights resident pay $500,000 a year in
watershed protection fees used by Salt Lake City to buy Salt Lake City land in
the canyon.Why can't Millcreek and Cottonwood Heights buy land
in the canyon in their name with their own $500,000?Why can't
Millcreek, Cottonwood Heights, Alta, Park City keep the water profits Salt Lake
City makes off them as "surplus" water customers?How can
Salt Lake City tell their residents SLC is short on water while selling billions
of gallons of water for hundreds of thousands of dollars as "surplus"
to Pack City and the Heber Valley?Wall to wall cities ended Salt
Lake City grand plan to provide water to 2 million people, because SLC has a
population of 190,000. So it's time to let cities like Millcreek and
Cottonwood Heights become water independent. Salt Lake City will
say they'll fix the water lines. Again, there is no free lunch and not
only will Millcreek and Cottonwood Heights pay for their new pipes but the
profit up charge to SLC.
This is a very complex and important topic. I think there must be open, on
record, discussions with public input. The input must not be the sometimes
phony “public input” session minutes or hours before a vote by the
legislature.State wide, presentations, with advance notice to the
public held in acceptable venues, with the acceptance and response to submitted
comments is what I see as appropriate. At party conventions and at other
venues, candidates and incumbents need to be queried as to their knowledge of
the issue and their positions. I am not in favor of a small legislative cabal
writing a bill and foisting it upon the legislature and the state. This is not
time for an “imperfect bill” rushed through at the eleventh hour to
satisfy some ego(s).I also suggest all new developments be required
to submit water usage projections and the source of water to be used before
permits are granted.