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Letter: Is Daybreak too water-consumptive?
First Published Aug 14 2014 05:12 pm • Last Updated Aug 14 2014 05:30 pm

We enjoyed a recent visit to the lovely Daybreak community in South Jordan, where I understand that one in six homes home sales in metropolitan Salt Lake County takes place. I couldn’t help but notice the broad expanses of green, well-watered grass that exist throughout the community and wondered if the planners, developers and approvers took into consideration the significant implications of excessive water utilization for neighboring communities to the South.

I am from Henderson, Nev., which relies on Lake Mead for over 90 percent of its water. Both Lake Mead and Lake Powell are experiencing very low present water levels. Is "making the desert blossom as a rose" so important that it is accomplished without consideration for Utah’s downstream counterparts? Hopefully the Salt Lake valley won’t face the kind of water use constraints that presently exist in California. If such constraints are put in place, Daybreak is not likely to be as green as it is today.

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Tim Welch

Henderson, Nev.

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