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Letter: Utahns use too much water; soon it will be gone
First Published Mar 14 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 14 2014 01:01 am

After Nevada, Utah is the second driest state, but incredibly, Utah is the second highest water consumer per capita in the country (next to Nevada).

If we have a big drought, it’ll be much worse than California is currently experiencing. Having grown up with the Mormon ethic of preparedness, I believe it’s time Utahns prepare for a big drought.

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Instead of talking about pumping more non-existent water from the shrinking Colorado River, we should be making lifestyle and policy choices that add up:

• Add a 10 percent conservation fee on all water rates to give an incentive to conserve and to create a fund for homeowners, farmers and businesses to draw upon to retrofit their establishments with water-saving approaches, from purchasing water-efficient toilets and clothes and dishwashers to drip watering systems for agriculture.

• Reduce the need to water landscape. Most people water way more than needed. Xeriscape.

Home landscape watering consumes more than half of Utah’s municipal water supply and two-thirds of a typical residence’s.

• Require high-volume public toilets to install waterless urinals.

• Landscape highways with only drought-resistant plants.

Victor Boyd

Salt Lake City

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