Critical conditions trigger committee to convene for first time in about a decade
millions of gallons of fresh water flows into the salt lake every week. Maybe we could use that water more wisely.
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
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.
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
But, but.....the stock market is way up! That seems to be the answer when we
ask our conservative representatives about anything. At all.
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?
"But...but...but, we're not in a drought! We had lots of snow two years
ago!" said every Utah Republican/golfer.
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.
What can the average household do to help? Add this to the report
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
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.
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.
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.
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.