Utah water quality regulations in lawmakers' crosshairs

Legislators eye ways to trigger a review should project costs run too high

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  • PeakBagger1 Heber City, UT
    July 27, 2018 10:20 a.m.

    If the DWQ's desired discharge levels are ultimately adopted, sewer departments/districts across the state will likely have to scrap entire treatments plants and start over at a collective cost of billions to Utah rate payers. We want to protect the environment, but common sense has to prevail over radical activism.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 25, 2018 2:54 p.m.

    the reason the Legislature is weighing in on this issue is the overreach on the part of the Utah
    Division of Water Quality

    For example:

    "We have no intention of proposing standards that don't make sense and are not scientifically defensible,"

    "Prior to the 2015 adoption of a technology-based limit for phosphorus, Gaddis said the state spent five years meeting with treatment plant operators and others in a public outreach effort."

    Both statement are not accurate.

    Although the agency met with treatment plant operators, the current phosphorous limit was mandated as a compromise measure and was not technology-based or scientifically defensible. If cost is a relevant component in evaluating limits, why was it not a consideration in establishing the initial phosphorous limit. Some of the plants are now faced with very high costs, in order to meet a minor reduction of phosphorous in their discharge.

  • cityboy Farmington, UT
    July 24, 2018 9:48 a.m.

    Now there's a great idea —- seek legislative approval every time a political subdivision in the state has a project that exceeds $10 million. As if the legislature isn't already micro-managing enough!

    There is a cost that comes if we want to have clean air, water and a quality of life that draws us here and makes us want to stay. But if we want Utah Lake to continue to be an A-list "do not recreate here" location and the Jordan River to continue to be essentially a storm sewer, then we're going about it the right way. And that way is to let politics, ignorance, short-sightedness and special interests get in the way of science and progress.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 24, 2018 9:08 a.m.

    When most of our lawmakers are also developers, builders and realtors, don't expect any regulations that put citizen's safety and well being ahead of profits for developers.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 24, 2018 8:03 a.m.

    So if your town is poor then water quality simply doesnt matter?
    Go ahead and cause more algae blooms?

  • CMO Beaver Beaver, UT
    July 24, 2018 7:55 a.m.

    lets elect someone in this state who will take this seriously, water is a precious resource in this state but the folks who hold the majority in this state could care less, definitely no long term plans or ideas from the politicians... if they did think long term, we could actually call them public servants