After taking a look at the cost of water service charged to St. George
residents, there needs to be more of an emphasis on conservation and moving
towards a cost structure that is more aligned with the scarcity of water
available before any type of massive infrastructure investment takes place.
As a wiser generation was fond of saying, "Waste not, want not."
First, if water rates are indeed low in this region, all the more reason to bond
and build the pipeline. Costs can be shared with the St George users
supplemented by state and federal funds. Humans are dependant on water and
it's a sure bet that the resource will be needed for future generations.
Conservation is needed element in the process of delivering a vital
resource to the citizens. I also agree the cost structure needs to change
through out the region to reflect this scarce commodity that we all depend on to
exist on the planet.
As a current SoCal resident and a future potential retiree to Utah. It seems to
me Washington County, a having a diversity of water supplies is a good thing.
SoCal mainly depends on our water supplies from the Colorado River and the State
water project from Northern California. With the severe drought in NorCal. We
Southlanders aren't getting any water from the Sacramento Delta this year.
Thank goodness we have a 800,000 AF Reservior in SoCal to buy us time until the
drought breaks. But, SoCal may be still not out of the woods. A long-term
solution to this presistent drought may be using desalination processes to tap
the Pacific Ocean. Its going to be expensive water, But Californians and their 1
Trillion Dollar will not go into the night quietly.
Lake Mead is at half capacity. Las Vegas is trying to get water from deserts of
Eastern Nevada and Western Utah. Lake Powell is at historic lows. The Palm
Springs area gets an average of 2 inches of precipitation a year, yet went over
100 golf courses a few years ago. Enough is enough. Conservation and stabilizing
growth are the only things that will work. We cannot continue to get blood from
a turnip. If St. George residents think water is expensive now, wait until we
have to have desalination plants (like in Saudi Arabia) and pipe it 300 miles
inland. I think we are beginning to see that Edward Abbey's George Hayduke
was right - Glen Canyon Dam should never have been built.
My Last sentance should read. "But Californians and their One Trillion
Dollar a year economy will not go into the night quietly" Further, the
Washington county water authority needs to do a better job educating the public
as to what is at stake. The Anasazi people lived here a thousnad plus years ago
until a long term drought drove them out. I think 21st Century Technolgy can
make living in Southern Utah possible but it comes at a price.
I don't know why we are so concerned, because remember that "climate
change" is causing the polar ice caps and the glaciers to melt so fast that
the oceans will rise and probably turn into fresh water real soon. We will all
live in a tropical paradise.
Of all the problems Utah faces, water is the biggest issue that will impact
future economic growth. More than ACA. More than possible base closings.
More than just about any other issue... water rights and development will
determine the future growth potential of Utah, and the issue gets far less
coverage than it deserves.But by all means, lets myopically focus on
"other" issues..... and ignore the big elephant in the corner of the
Before ay city gets more water they should be required to conserve and recycle
the water they now have. Even Farmers and Ranchers waste water by watering in
the heat of the day, or when there is a rainy spell.
During the Leavitt administration Las Vegas offered to build the pipeline and
let St. George tap into it, if the state of Utah would lease our water to Las
Vegas for 20 years. That would have allowed Las vegas time to develop other
longer term resources. It would have also saved the water for our future needs
by using it before California could try to preempt the water for non use.The offer was refused. It seems the owners of Virgin River water
didn't want the value of their water to be diluted by easy access to Lake
Some are saying the Colorado river is over allocated. Has anyone thought of
piping water to the Colorado from either the Columbia or the Missouri rivers or
even the great lakes region?