How telling this article is: there is not one agency or municipality in Utah
that enforces any kind of water conservation practices. Most, if not all, talk
about it but don't back it up with serious requirements.We were
in Las Vegas this past week-probably the hottest for the entire summer. (Temps
were 99 degrees as soon as the sun rose and stayed in the 90s over night. Highs
were 113-115 degrees) Neither the Southern Nevada Water District or any
municipality made any statements about water conservation. So why
the silence? Because Clark County and all around Las Vegas took seriously the
water shortage problem and took steps to conserve years ago. This, in an area
that got 80% of it's water from wells in the 1970s. Now, 95% comes from one
source- Lake Mead which is fed by one source-the Colorado River. Yes, the hotels
and golf courses use lots of water, but most is consumed by residents. While
state stats here list agriculture at the biggest user, that may be true only in
rural areas overall. Most is used by residents.It's past time
to quit talking about water conservation and start doing something concrete
Just got back from a walk in Riverton's Margaret Park, where the time was
10:15 A.M., the temp was 85 degrees and the watering stations were still
throwing water and set for hour long sessions. Is the city exempt from
it's own recommendations?
The loyal citizens do as told, and cut water use by 25%. Meanwhile, the
population increases 30%. What is the next move in this chess game??
@patriot;"Most people have turf in their yards which is a BIG
investment. Can't let the turf die. Can let the golf courses die."Really? You must really dislike golf. You know what has much more turf
space than all of Utah's golf courses combined? Ward houses on every other
block. Much more grass and sprinklers than golf courses. How about cutting off
that water waste?
the driest and hottest summer I can remember in a long time. The winter was
barely average. Can't keep doing this and keep the golf courses green. Time
to make tough decisions. Most people have turf in their yards which is a BIG
investment. Can't let the turf die. Can let the golf courses die.
To sgallen:re: "But we only have so much land. Our mountains
and wild spaces are overcrowded."We have had a lot of growth,
but we are nowhere near overcrowded - more like at an inflection point. The
typical Wasatch Front city has a population density less than 4,000 people per
square mile, while the most dense are at
So..... when the city turns their sprinklers off during the day, I will start
conserving water. I only water a night, I water on short cycle bursts to make
sure the water goes deep and does not run off into the gutters. I don't see
the city doing this same thing. They probably should.
Carman, I agree that many things are better. But we only have so much land. Our
mountains and wild spaces are overcrowded.
To sgallen:re: "Large houses, big trucks, and large families
aren't sustainable for many more years."When I was a youth,
the U.S. and world were at "peak oil". Resources were being used up
while population was growing. I was told that when I was grown, the oil would
be gone and jobs would dry up. Instead, I am far better off than my
parents were at that stage of their lives (almost everyone is). Cars are
better, medicine is better, communication is better, information is much more
readily available and even energy availability has gotten better - much better -
thanks to advancements in technology. Not only have we found more recoverable
oil, but we have various "clean" energy options at much lower cost than
anyone dared dream of. Most of these advances have come from market incentives
to solve problems.The optimists and business people were right, and
the pessimists and academics were wrong. I think that trend will continue.
Trust ingenuity. Trust capitalism and innovation (but watch for market failures
and address them). Avoid pessimism. Shun lazy attitudes. Run from socialism.
I think we'd be well-served to consider the size of the impact that
we're having on our state. Large houses, big trucks, and large families
aren't sustainable for many more years.
80% of Utah's water goes to Nevada & California. Everyone needs to
work together on this problem. Everyone should start watering at night, not just
farmers. carman - Wasatch Front, UT - has listed excellent water
I think the whole state should cut their water by 25% and St. George needs to
stop thinking they are going to drain Lake Powell to support their silliness.
It's a desert!
Our population in this area is growing way too fast. I’m not against
people moving in, but there are thousands of homes going on around the point of
the mountain and the general area. If we’re already having water problems,
city planners need to slow down on the amount of residential homes being
permitted. Figure out solutions before it’s too big of an issue.
To JimInSLC:re: "Here's an idea. Stop wooing corporations
to build data centers here."Yeah, while we're at it,
let's build a liberal utopia. If we stop luring businesses here, we can
keep job creation low, revert to Utah's low real wages and meager standard
of living, and drive our children and grandchildren out-of-state where they can
find better employment. Then we can wonder where the Medicare and Medicaid
dollars will come from for all the people retiring and struggling to make ends
meet. We can jack up welfare payments and lobby the federal government to bail
out state finances that no longer balance, and become another Illinois or New
Jersey. Crime would soar, standards of living would plunge and quality of life
would skid lower.The reality is that we need good, competitive
businesses to provide jobs and to sustain and grow our tax base so that families
can locate here, so we can afford to maintain our infrastructure and have basic
govt services.The anti-business attitudes of the left almost always
leave a community worse off. I'd rather deal with problems brought on by
growth than problems of poverty and lack of opportunity. Any day.
Here's an idea. Stop wooing corporations to build data centers here.
Here is the reality. The “drought” we are experiencing is only
partially due to weather. It’s also partially due to more and more people
that either move here or grow up here and need a place to live. As the
population rises the problem is going to continue to worsen. This is just
kicking the can down the road. They need to look to longer term solutions like
other commenters have said. There is a lot more that can be done and it is naive
to think that residents can shoulder the burden.
If every home went crazy, killed their lawns (and then got ticketed by the
city), stopped showering and cut their water usage in half, it wouldn't
make a dent in the overall water budget. If we really want to decrease water
usage, we would regulate agricultural use instead of residential. Invest in
hydroponic farming techniques (where possible) stop farmers from unnecessarily
flooding their fields and watering at noon. Cities can regulate and charge their
citizens to death but no one is addressing the real problem.
Simple solution to our water woes: Stop farming in the desert. 80% of
Utah's water goes to trying to farm crops that grow in wetter climates.
Farming here is silliness.
Utah leaks enough water for 4 million new people from old city water lines and
old canals.Instead of spending $90,000 a day for State water
paperwork, we should cut the red tape and use the savings to fix our leaking
pipes.Utah leaks an amount of water equal to 15 Deer Creeks from
neglected city water lines and old canals. We can't have a 25% leak rate
and be serious about Slow the Flow Save H20.
This is just wastefulness.Get rid of grass, it's an idea that
came from Europe where steady rainfall is a certainty. We live in a desert, and
should act like it.The free market solution would be to charge more
When I run go running, I see water waste all along the way. 1.
Sprinklers not properly adjusted and spraying onto sidewalks and streets leaving
water running by the hundreds of gallons down the gutters.2. People
watering in the heat of the day, leaving much of the water to evaporate.3. Some homes watering their lawns 4, 5 and even 6 times per week when
every other day is more than sufficient. It is ok to have a couple of brown
areas on the lawn for 2-3 weeks in mid-to-late July!4. People with
HUGE grassy areas that are rarely used, when landscaping could be done with
drought resistant plants and water-friendly designs.5. Watering
right before, during or after a good rainstorm. Shut off your sprinklers for
2-3 days when we get a good rainstorm! During the past two rainstorms, I saw
multiple sprinklers running during the rain!!! It is more than common to see
them running within a few hours of a storm when lawns are still soaked.We need to be more conscientious of our water usage. Over-use and wasting of
water affects ALL of us. Please be more considerate.p.s. Metering
water will become a requirement given Utah's exploding population. Get