Utah's drought bad, but could get worse without a wet winter

Critical conditions trigger committee to convene for first time in about a decade

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  • MacD slc, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 3:39 p.m.

    millions of gallons of fresh water flows into the salt lake every week.
    Maybe we could use that water more wisely.

  • carrin Price, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 11:17 a.m.

    Yet, lawns are watered copiously. This seems very selfish and irresponsible. Home owners will continue this as long as those in charge allow it. We CAN live without lawns.

  • Applelovernow Henderson, NV
    Sept. 11, 2018 10:04 a.m.

    There seems to be a lot of hand wringing and hoping for more rain, rather than solid solutions. First of all, there needs to be some solid data. Where is the majority of the water being used? If it's farming look at the water thirsty crops, can they be changed? Is it residential landscape? If so offer incentives for folks to reduce the amount of turf in their yard and educate them on drought tolerent landscaping. Do you have multiple water agencies overseeing a mismash of regulations? Then consolidate to a Utah Water District and put together a proposal for any and all of the above. These are all solutions that have been tried in Nevada and California with much success. The public needs to educate themselves as well. For example most folks would think the water usage on the Strip in Las Vegas is obsense until they learn that every drop from every hotel is recycled water. There are lots of tried and true options for water conservation out there, but Utah leadership needs to step up and do it soon.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    Sept. 11, 2018 8:59 a.m.

    In a recent _Outside_ magazine edition, there was an article about a new water pipe, to be built from Lake Powell to St. George, so they can build some new golf courses and subdivisions and shopping centers, and attract thousands and thousands of new residents. So, how bad can the drought be? /sarcasm

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 8:54 a.m.

    But, but.....the stock market is way up! That seems to be the answer when we ask our conservative representatives about anything. At all.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 8:51 a.m.

    Just like "the next storm" is Utah's only real solution to our toxic air....
    A "really wet winter" is the only solution to drought conditions (other than $Tens of millions tax dollars)

    Utah "leadership" lacks foresight. Period.

    Oh, and that inland port....I'm sure it won't worsen our air quality, or require large amounts of water, right?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 11, 2018 8:15 a.m.

    "But...but...but, we're not in a drought! We had lots of snow two years ago!" said every Utah Republican/golfer.

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:55 a.m.

    Lt. Governor Cox is ruefully remarking how his family farm only managed one cutting of alfalfa this year. Alfalfa is just about the most water-wasting crop there is. It takes four thousand gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, with most of that going to watering alfalfa.

    Maybe our water would go farther if we tried using it efficiently.

  • Realistic Guy Lehi, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:54 a.m.

    What can the average household do to help? Add this to the report

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:49 a.m.

    Utah needs to stop giving millions in tax breaks to Corporations & Data centers whom have relocated their offices.: NSA, Facebook, Adobe and the list goes on on We loose million in taxes, then millions of gallons of water per day.

    Utah your creating a lose lose scenario , how many people are migrating to Utah from surrounding states when we don't have the infrastructure aka Water to support these people.

    "Slow the Flow" of people

  • Highland Horseman American Fork, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:38 a.m.

    Wondering why there is no effort to create pipelines to send water from the often flooded Mississippi Valley region to the western region. We do it for oil. And the Los Angeles Aqueduct carries water from the Eastern Sierra Nevada to Los Angeles.

  • Mr. Boris Layton, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 6:46 a.m.

    Is this article saying the weather patterns go in cycles? That's a new concept.

    We'll have a wet winter and fill up the reservoirs. At least that's what the farmer's almanac says which is a lot more reliable than computer models and "scientists" with a political agenda.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 5:58 a.m.

    Utah spends $90,000 a day on State agency water paperwork. In the past 25 year we've spent $400 million and in the next 25 years we'll spend $600 million in State water paperwork.

    We have and are wasting too many millions on State water paperwork instead of wet water projects. Today we are paying the price for past bad management.

    We should cut water paperwork 90% by consolidating Water Rights, Water Resources, and Drinking Water and put that $20 million a year savings into new reservoirs.

    Better to have many new Deer Creeks around the state than a lake of dry paperwork.

    We can do better. Why don't we? It won't solve the drought, but we won't go dry.

  • rlsintx Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 9:23 p.m.

    We can't control nature.

    Utah really needs to get it's in-state universities tightly tied in the engineering of advanced water reclaimation technology. So-called "toilet to tap" level processing to regain potable water stores will become an issue as the population continues to explode.

    That same tech can be highly marketable across the country in both public service and private situations like cleaning up produced and fraq water across the oil industry. May also give options where desalination is indicated as necessary or useful.

    Purified treated sewage water may well be part of the total water picture for us very soon, we might as well lead the country in it.