Utah Pulls More Hydro Power Out Of Lake Powell

Utah is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. From the Colorado river to Lake Powell, and everything in between. Residents are tourists alike delight in the natural scenery. Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities are a wonder to behold. However, these are also resources that are important to the well being of the community that lives there.

Water is Life in a Desert

Various projections have shown that the state will have an increasing water crisis in the coming years. Most residents have been relying on a single source of water that is potentially unreliable, especially in the coming years. If anything were to happen to the Virgin River basin, much of the state would be without water. Droughts are already a regular occurrence, happening just about every other year.

To prepare for this a pipeline was proposed to bring water down from the Colorado river. The pipeline is a 142 miles long, and connect to St George. This would alleviate any water shortages or contamination problems that may arise in the future. It will also help to save water in the region. It’s a project 10 years in the making.

Plans Are Not Set in Stone

While the plan itself is fairly straightforward, securing funds is less so. One of the selling points of this plan was to set it up so that the pipeline could provide hydro electric power to offset the costs of the project. This was to be achieved by using two reservoirs it the top and bottom of the Hurricane Cliffs. When power was needed some of the water at the top would be run past the power generating equipment and stored at the bottom reservoir.

However, this part of the plan was recently pulled from the project. The FERC application has been withdrawn, and the reservoirs won’t be built. Most of the costs in the FERC application will be reusable when submitting the current project. While this will remove the planned revenue source, this also lowers the project cost. Additionally, this will help minimize the potential environmental impact the plan may have.

A Brighter, if Somewhat Wetter Future

The primary goal of the pipeline has always been to bring water to the people. It will ensure the communities there continue to thrive without water shortages that have plagued other states. This project will help save water in the region, and the changes will preserve the natural beauty of the state. Utah will continue to be home to it’s great vistas and wildlife. There’s more to the state than Salt Lake City. It’s residents will continue to have the refreshing water needed to combat summer’s heat

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Utah Water Conservation- We need to do better

If you live in Salt Lake City, Utah, then you are no stranger to the water shortage. Currently, water conservation in Utah is far behind. Unlike other states out west Utah struggles to save water. Many water suppliers have stepped up to preserve the water. The attempts of these suppliers have been to no avail. The state leaders in Utah has been at a standstill when it comes to water conservation Utah. All in the name of government aid the state officials have chosen to do nothing. By doing nothing, this allows the state to receive funds for projects. While this sounds good, the problem is the water is suffering or rather going down the drain.

 

To Sink Or Float that is the question?

While National levels drag their feet, the local companies in salt lake city are trying the best to keep the water level stable. Other states in the west have been doing a great job of attempting to plug the water usage by putting in measures. These measures are to help the people statewide to see the benefit in saving water. Its not just feeling good about yourself or spending less money on your Salt Lake City landscaping. It is making a real change.

  • Taking away tax subsidies that allow people to waste
  • Rebate programs help in saving water
  • Restriction enforcement on water.
  • metered water to reduce water waste.

Big Talk Little Effort

In the Utah state government, their bark is bigger than their bite. At least that is what the Salt lake city thinks. Over the past 20 years, there has been little movement about the water crises. The state implemented a 1% water waste reduction that was supposed to bring down the water usage. Instead, the water usage increased because the reduction plan was too small. Another idea that’s inaction is the Water Conservation Plan Act. Being the first plan back in 1998 to lay out a strategy to help the water, the act seemed good. Fast forward to 20 years later, and it’s still there doing nothing for the water crises.

Plans to take water into your own hands

While in some states (including Utah) harvesting rain is illegal. Utah is stepping up to use the rain to source water. Utah allows up to 2500 gal of water per property. Utah has put together a program that will enable people to harvest rain finally. Between 15000 -and 23000 gallons of waterfall during the fall months of Utah.

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The next program they have is an interactive software called blueprint. Blueprint allows the user to plug in their water activities throughout the day. At the end of the diagram, it shows how much you use and compares you to other states. The chart is a passive way of helping the issue.

To help with water conservation in Utah, associations have made it a must to get landscaping that does not take a lot of water to thrive. Check with your city requirements first before doing this because you can be charged a fee for doing so. As crazy as it sounds in the state with the highest water use. Make sure to be smart but be careful.

We need to share this message with as many people as we can so that as a city we can begin to make improvements. We want to thank our partners like Trilogy Medical Center for helping us share this important message about water conservation.

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How The Utah Snowpack Will Turn Into A Lovely Water Supply

Salt Lake City is one of the most beautiful cities in all of America, and it has a heavy snowfall every year that will provide for a lovely runoff when the snow melts. The Utah government is very worried about Utah’s water conservation. Water conservation can be taken to help you store water, feed off the snow, and create a better plan for living off the grid. You cannot collect enough water for the whole year when the snow melts, but you can make some changes to your home conservation plan when the Utah snow starts to melt.

How Will You Collect Water?

You can collect water with a runoff tank that will also collect rainwater in the spring and summer. You can build up a massive supply of water that is attached to your home, and the runoff merely adds to it. The Utah snow is very heavy, and you know that it will hit Salt Lake City every year. You need to have a water conservation system installed on your property before the snow comes, and you must be certain that it is serviced at least once a year.

How Do You Collect Runoff?

You collect runoff through your gutters and a special tubing system that could be attached to your roof, but it could also be in your yard. You can catch the runoff from a trench that you have dug into the lawn that will filter the water and send it to a tank.

The French Trench

The French trench is a standard channel that you can use to force water to run to a certain location. You dig a small channel fill it with rock, and put it in a place where the water will flow as the snow melts. You can collect all that water in a tank, and it can be filtered before you use it. This is only one technique that you can use, but it is one of the most effective when you have a large yard to work with.

The Roof Tank

The roof tank is no different from a tank that you might find on a tall building. You can collect rainwater, and you will get the snow falling into the tank in the heavy snow season. You can have all the runoff run back into the tank, and you will find that you can build a lovely system that will feed all back to this tank. You can even use an air compressor to force water from your trenches back to the roof tank. Problems with the roof tank are not like a simple yard problem where a landscaper in Utah just comes and fixes. 

Conclusion

The water that you get from the snowfall this year will help you conserve and create a store of water that you can use for the future. There are many reasons to do this, but the most important is using less municipal water. Stop paying a high water bill when you can install a water tank, collect the runoff, and use the snow season as a way to keep more water for yourself. Use this water throughout the year with a simple filter.

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Utahns Making a Push to Save Water

Nowadays, no one can deny the importance of water conservation in the human environment. The efforts of the government and residents of Utah has made a clear example to the rest of the world on how to prevent or combat water scarcity.
According to information obtained from the government Environmental Protection Agency EPA, an average American family consumes more than 300 gallons of water per day, out of which 70% is used inside the home. In 2016, a report by the United States Geological Survey on water use indicated that Utahns are some of the highest users of water per-capita in the US. That’s about 187 gallons on average per person. A larger fraction of this number is however not attributed to home use. More than 78% of the water is actually directed for use in farmlands for irrigation. In the United States, only Nevada and Idaho are the states with a higher per-capita use of water. But with all the lawn watering and sprinkler systems in Salt Lake City we are not doing much better.

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However, in 2018, the conscious efforts directed at saving water in Salt Lake City has led to a 36% reduction in water usage. And now, the state wouldn’t need to commence with its plan to divert water from northern Utah’s Bear River, the biggest contributor of water to the Salt Lake, for agricultural and municipal use in the state.

Is water diversion a way to shore up water supply?

For over 30 years, it was argued by environmental and industry experts that going ahead with the water diversion plan would greatly reduce the water level of the Great Salt Lake by 11 feet until the diversion is stopped.
It was also argued that depending on water diversion to curb water scarcity could also negatively affect the habitats of the brine shrimp and migratory birds. Mineral extraction companies around the lake would not also be left out of the negative effect of the proposed diversion. Due to the fluctuation of the level of water as a result of the proposed plan, farmers could also suffer from the resulting overflooding of their farmlands and grazing areas.
But still, it was necessary that the supply of water needed to be buoyed or at least conserved to cater for the growing human population in Utah, especially the metropolis of the Salt Lake City. Hence, other environment-friendly means of saving water in Salt Lake City had to be sought.

Conserving water through meter installation.

Speaking on how the state has been able to achieve this feat (36% water use reduction), Todd Adams, the deputy director of the division which oversees water resources in Utah, says that the use of water meters has been pivotal.
According to Todd Adams, water which is piped to properties for use outdoors but never used at home for bathing, drinking or related uses has greatly contributed to the success of water conservation recorded in the Salt Lake City and Utah in general. He explained that in some water conservancy districts, about 5,000 to 7,000 water meters were installed and this has led to a more efficient way of conserving water. Find out how to install a water meter if you don’t currently have one because seeing what you use can help you decrease what you use.

Seeking legalization for water banking

To supplement water conservancy efforts, members of representatives are also proposing for the legalization of water banking, something that has been placed in an analogy similar to that of saving money in the bank during times of financial surplus. Therefore, people who need water can simply borrow from water banks or those who water-bank during times of surplus wouldn’t be in a limbo during times of scarcity.

There is so much more we can be doing to help save water. Fortunately, Klingler & Associates are helping us get the word our there so that we can start saving water together.

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Let’s Save Water Together

We want to preserve our earth’s precious water and that starts right here at home in Salt Lake City, UT. Join us as we fight to conserve the limited amount of precious water our earth has to offer us. We can no longer waste water by taking carelessly longer showers or obsessively watering our landscaping in Sandy. Everyone in every city needs to do better.

Conserving water is an important issue, and we need to start it in our hometowns TODAY!  — Ian Marsh

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