Riverton urges residents to cut water use by 25%

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  • wer South Jordan, UT
    July 30, 2018 12:43 a.m.

    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 about it!

  • Kokobeam Riverton, UT
    July 27, 2018 10:25 a.m.

    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?

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    July 27, 2018 1:38 a.m.

    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??

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 26, 2018 2:08 p.m.

    "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?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 26, 2018 1:12 p.m.

    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.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 26, 2018 12:51 p.m.

    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

  • Utetoot Heber City, UT
    July 26, 2018 11:47 a.m.

    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.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2018 11:28 a.m.

    Carman, I agree that many things are better. But we only have so much land. Our mountains and wild spaces are overcrowded.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 26, 2018 10:30 a.m.

    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.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2018 9:54 a.m.

    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.

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 26, 2018 9:51 a.m.

    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 practices.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2018 9:35 a.m.

    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!

  • Designer123 Centerville, UT
    July 26, 2018 9:15 a.m.

    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.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 26, 2018 9:10 a.m.

    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.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2018 8:51 a.m.

    Here's an idea. Stop wooing corporations to build data centers here.

    July 26, 2018 8:32 a.m.

    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.

  • MabelPines Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 26, 2018 8:20 a.m.

    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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 26, 2018 8:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    July 25, 2018 10:23 p.m.

    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.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    July 25, 2018 7:19 p.m.

    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 for water.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 25, 2018 6:21 p.m.

    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 ready!