Utah’s water shortage problem is not going to end anytime soon. Utah, the second driest state in the U.S., and also the sixth fastest growing state, needs the commitment of its residents to help in water conservation. The local government is pushing for a statewide campaign, but at the household level, Utahns also need to make an effort.
Water Conservation Efforts
It is a trying time for Utah. But the state’s water problem is not a lost cause just yet. According to an expert from Beehive Plumbing, along with repair companies streamlining their operation to respond quickly to water main replacement problems, Utah’s statewide campaign is also taking shape.
H2Oath, a campaign that benefits and involves everyone, from individual residents to owners of commercial properties, pushes forward a lawn watering guide. The government plans the guide around weather forecasts, soil moisture, and evapotranspiration shares The Spectrum.
Lawn care is a target of the campaign because Utahns use two-thirds of the state’s water supply for this.
Pinpointing the Problem
Despite H2Oath gaining traction, Utah requires more changes to address the problem in the state that uses the most water per capita. Nelda Bishop from The Salt Lake Tribune mentions that with only four percent of the water supply used at home and 70-80 percent actually going to agriculture and pasture, a concerted effort to incentivize farmers may be more productive.
Another suggestion from Bishop is for Utahns to pay for “actual water use.”
Failure to address the issue may potentially lead to toxic dust storms, respiratory diseases, and other health impacts. In schools, reports are already coming in that “clean” water contains lead and copper way above the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards.
Whatever additional measures the state must devise to alleviate the situation, one thing is clear: Utahns will only succeed if they work together.