Enough Water for Our Needs

Utah is one of the driest states in the nation. Our water is precious, and developing new supplies will cost billions of dollars. We simply can't afford to keep using as much water as we have in the past if our children, grandchildren, and new neighbors are to live here with us.

In the late 1990s, when Envision Utah did its first large visioning effort, the average person in the Greater Wasatch Area used 319 gallons of water per day. Since that time, we've cut our water consumption by 25%, so that we now use 241 gallons per person. That's a savings of trillions of gallons per year. If we hadn't reduced our water use per person, we would use have had to spend more money on infrastructure, like water storage, treatment, and transmission.

How did we achieve this? First, we've started using less land for our new houses, with smaller lot sizes, which means less outdoor watering. Second, we've been smarter about when and how we use our water.

As we add another 2.5 million people by 2050, we will need to decide whether we will cut our water use even further—and how we can do so—or figure out how we can afford to spend a lot of money on new infrastructure to bring in water from far away.

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