With booming population growth, Utah isn’t ever going to run out of people. But all those people need water, and we could see water shortages in the relatively near future unless we take the right steps today.
As the nation’s second-driest state, Utah has never enjoyed an abundance of water. But thanks, in part, to farsighted leaders who built water reclamation projects to store winter runoff in reservoirs across the state, we’ve had sufficient water for our needs.
However, the easy and relatively inexpensive water projects were all completed long ago. Providing water for Utah’s future generations will require more than building new dams. It will require aggressive conservation and efficiency initiatives, pricing structures that encourage smart water use, and deployment of advanced technologies and analytics to provide accurate data in water management.
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