conserving water -- Steven of Salt Lake City, UT|
I never realy cared much about our water situation and water conservation in the state of Utah due to the drought, but now that I'm a little older and have studied water conservation I realize the simplicity in saving water along with the importance. A simple task like placing a displacement device in a toilet can help "Slow the Flow!"
Government & Large Corporation need to conserve -- John of West Valley, UT
I agree that the residents need to use water wisely. But what about the government entities and large corporations that water all day long. Why don't they SLOW the FLOW? Or maybe the golf courses that seem to have green lawns all summer long. If we are going to conserve water EVERYONE needs to do their part, not just the residents of Utah.
Water Convservation/ Drought -- Mike of Murray, UT
One good water year after six years of drought does not mean we can use extra water this year. All you have to do is look at the charts and graphs to see that, and the depth of Lake Powell.
Conserve Resources -- Tyler of Ogden, UT
I think it is absolutely rediculous the amount of water people are using, you waste it on stupid things, we need to fill the lakes and resivors, here is what we need to do, people with swimming pools need to drain their pools and donate the water to a lake or resivor, everyone can stop watering their lawns because that is a luxury that we dont need, also if we stop watering our lawns the grass will die and we will conserve other natural resources such as fossil fuels because we wont need to use lawn mowers and weed eaters, by doing this fuel prices will go down. We can also go without bathing and taking so many showers, we could all just take one shower a week that way we would conserve alot of water, it wasnt until we had indoor plumbing that people started bathing everyday. We need to see the urgency of this matter, if we dont fill up the resivors we will run out of water and we would all die, and then it would be too late. And i agree with Brett from ogden there should be stiff penalties such as jail time for those who do not conserve water.
Water transport system -- rawleigh of yucaipa, UT
As`Mulholland of the Los Angeles water & power quasi municipal corporation, did, Bill Seelig's non-profit "Institute has `the `answers`to a North American water transport system to Utah, Nevada and Southern California. Northern Csnada`has over supplies of fresh water. The Institute of Human Engineering Sciences, headed by Seelig has`approvals and tentative agreements are ready. Reservoirs could be strategically placed for prevention of dehydration of the land and have people suffer in the future.
Urban Water Use Minimal -- Tim of Salt Lake City, UT
While I agree that wasting water is completely pointless, the impact really restricting water use by urban dwellers will have little affect on the state's water consumption. Most water (about 80%) is consumed by the state's agriculture as this (dated) article shows, (http://www.utahweather.org/on_the_water_front.html) The greatest benefit would be to improve agricultural water efficiency.
Still, if Utah, or any state, is interested in curbing urban, residential water use they just need to increase the price and people will conserve.
Water Conservation -- Brett of Ogden, UT
I think that this year we have recieved so much water that we need to use more. We are overflowing in some of our dams and causing flooding in some of our homes. However, those that use the large amounts of water that we have this year in inappropriate ways should be ticketed, fined, or recieve jail time. That way they will remember the next time they decide to water the street.
Lake Depth -- Mike of Highland, UT
Please keep showing the most recent measurements of Lake Powell, Bear Lake and Utah lake.
drought -- Pamela of salt lake, UT
I have live in slc utah many years I am 51 and I was told that the indins said that we would have 7 years wet and seven years dry. This has been a long dry time since 1992 I feel we are heading towards a wet 7 years but we still need to save the water do not wast it. For it has been 13 years this time for a drought next time might be long who nows for sure lets get it together and save are water here in UT.
lake powell missing -- Rob of South Jordan, UT
Hey, what happened to Lake Powell's full percentage? At last check it was 37% full, and now KSL.com has taken the data off-line. :-(
5000 and 6000 ft????? -- Jeff of Hill Air Force Base, UT
Chance, I think you need to look at your numbers. I know none of the lakes in Utah are 5000 and 6000 ft. deep. Right now the current levels of those two lakes are Echo 8 feet below normal and Flaming Gorge is 22 feet below normal. They may be below 5000 ft altitude and 6000 ft altitude, but that does not mean thats how low they are. Go to charts and graphs, and that will tell how many feet low certain lakes are. Northern Utah is looking pretty good so far this year for water. I was on Willard Bay yesterday, and it is the highest that I have see it in years, and there is still plenty of rain in the forecast. In my opinion, the only way for the Salt Lake Valley to continue to grow and have usable water is to build more resivors. Willard Bay is a beautiful example of a perfect water holding facility. If we could build a few more of these facilities down on the Salt Lake, I think we will be ok. I believe it will happen one day just like the Legacy Highway. It will happen, its just a matter of time.
Consider Everything -- Stephen of Salt Lake City, UT
True, Utah is going through a tough water time. However, the population is still growing here. It's a finite amount of water, and more and more houses (yards) and people are being added to the population that uses water. It may be true that many people squander the water they have available, but no more so than anyone else in history. In fact, I'd say we're far more conscious and precise about our usage than any other people in history. There's just too many people in a limited water location. If you're concerned about water usage, move. Lower the population density. Eventually no amount of conservation will be able to compensate for the extraordinary amount of people living in a limited water-resource location.
to kasandra -- Matt of Layton, UT
Kasandra, where is the water going to go? It's a renewable resource. The water evaporates, forms clouds, and rains/snows.
True, we need to manage the water that happens to be in our reservoirs, and in our snowpack, but water doesn't just sink into the ground and disappear.
Snow? What Snow? ( ! ) -- jon of Colo Springs, CO
Just to let you guys in Utah know - just east of you in Colo - the I - 25 coridor; Colo Springs
Pueblo, Limon, ect, even Pikes Peak, we just can't seem to get any of that snow or rain here, those storms just seems to stall out over you & Calif. since you are soooooo wet maybe you can send your fire fighters to us to help us fight the huge forest fires we are garanteed to get this summer - east of the continental divide. Today i hiked up to the 10,800 ft level of Pikes
Peak & there is only about a total of 18" snow in
the shade under trees, it was melting some & i wore only a VERY light pants, & very light long
sleve shirt & was comfortable.... We are in big
trouble this spring & summer.... Well you enjoy
your skiing & water, & think of us here while we burn up this summer again..... Regards jon
drought -- kasandra of wvc, UT
i think that most people take our water for granet.like its going to be here for all of our lifes. but if we keep using the water like we do all of our lakes rivers stream will run dry.
Save Water or be a Clown! -- Chance of WVC, UT
Utah's water situation has grown over the past few years. Flaming Gorge Reservior has droped over 6000ft. and Echo Reservior has droped over 5000ft. below their full marks. Thats a lot of water that isn't there anymore. So let's begin to save water for the future!
use water wisely -- Gina of salt lake city, UT
I think people should just listen to what people say and just conserve water because you can walk down the street in the summer and people will be watering there lawns in the middle of the hot humid day when its not doing there lawn any good. I think that people should just start watching there water use because people that dont conseve water should not be allowed fresh water.
Watering the lawns or the roads? -- Brittany of West Valley City, UT
I think that people dont even seem to care how much they waste water. When I see people watering their lawns during the day when it is really hot and they are not even hitting the grass as much as they are hitting the road or sidewalk it makes me think that no one really cares what happens with our water. Or when people use their hose to clean off their sidewalk instead of using the broom I think that is so wrong when all you have to do is get the broom. We are going into our 7th year of drought and no one seems to care at all what happens to the water that we do have. So I think that people should think about using the broom before they use the hose and also make sure you are watering the lawns and not the roads.
Halleluyah -- Jefferson of Salt Lake City, UT
I never thought about how much water is really a concern. If people knew for how precious water is we all wouldnt be so careless, Id like to thank Miller in my environment class for teaching me not only to care but to be responsible for little actions we take now I shall know what to do in my future life and pass on my new knowledge on living thanx. Now I have saved my mom alot of money and she doesnt even know it but its all good.
Drought -- Shandy of Kearns, UT
Today is Feb.9,2005 we are in the seventh year of the drought. I think we should cut back on the water we are using. I see people washing their cars and letting the water run down the gutter. People dont realize how much fresh water we really have left. If people knew I think they would cut back and save water.
"SLOW THE FLOW" -- Earlene of Salt Lake City, UT
We are in the seventh year of the drought. If we slow the flow we would conserve water. We dont have much fresh water left. People waste water like it is nothing. If we can conserve water by not using as much water in our household not only will our water bill go down but we will save MONEY. So SLOW THE FLOW!!!
What about our trees?! -- Holly of Salt Lake City, UT
I want to start off by saying I was infuriated by the fact that people say that they are conserving water by not watering their trees. I think people need to conserve water, but in the right ways. Like taking shorter showers or not letting the water run when they are brushing their teeth, not by neglecting our trees. I think people should think about their actions and be smarter about the resoarces that we have.
Drink more milk -- Daniel of West Valley, UT
I think that with all the snow the mountains have received this year, we will be in good shape for the begining of summer. However I think that because we have had a really wet winter we will have a really dry summer and we will use all the water by July and still be in bad shape. This is what I think will happen. I hope im wrong!
Utah Needs Help !!! -- Morgan of Murray, UT
I think that Utah needs help on saving water. In the past we have lost water. In 2002 the Wasatch Front was -6.21 and thats bad. Even Flaming Gorge has lost -20.30 of water in 2002. So please everyone should pitch in and do thier part to save water.
do your part -- heather of salt lake city, UT
I think that people need to do their part in saving water. Its really not that hard you could put a cup in the back of the toilet and you just saved water. People dont realize how easy it is to do your part. The drought has really taken its tole on the environment if we dont start thinking more coniousley all of our clean water will be destroyed .most people dont know we can only use .6% of the earths water and thats really not much so SAVE YOUR WATER
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