The beautiful desert landscape in Utah creates water problems. This gives Salt Lake CIty an uncertain water future.Most of the land in the state qualifies as desert because it receives less than 13 inches of rainfall per year. Ever since settlements were made in Utah, ongoing efforts have been made to create irrigation, water storage facilities and other types of things for water usage.
The climate goes through wet and dry cycles. The usual duration of the average dry cycle
is three to seven years. Unfortunately, the seasons have been out of wack, and the wet
seasons have occurred less often. As a result, there are massive droughts in Utah. Of
course, droughts are pretty common in Utah. However, the droughts are unusually worse
due to the wet seasons not coming. Wet winters are not occurring as often as how they
The people of Utah use water that comes from springs, wells, rivers and streams. The water
is always either taken directly from the sources and used or stored. Of course, agencies first
clean the water so that it does not get anyone sick.
Utah is the second driest state in America, and it is one of the states that uses the most
water. The problem is that the infrastructure has to be updated to make communities more
water efficient. People's behaviors also have to be regulated. The populations of places in
Utah are growing, and with population growth and infrastructure growth comes the need for
more water. Already, the average person living in Utah uses 243 gallons per day per capita.
Eighty-two percent of water is used for agriculture, 4% is used for residential indoor, 6% is
used for residential outdoor and 8% was used for commercial/industrial purposes. Inside our
homes, the typical water use is 40% for toilets, 30% for bathing, 2% for utilities, 14% for
laundry, 5% for the kitchen sink, 6% for dish-washing and 3% for the lavatory.
Knowing how much water is used for different activities is key to figuring out how Utah water
problems can be knocked down. The goal of the government is to cut back the amount of
water usage in Utah by 25% in the next 50 years. People have to regulate their behaviors
on many levels—personally and industrially.
Another major problem facing Utah's water supply is the fact that chemicals such as
pesticides and solvents frequently get into the water. Better policies must be made to ensure
that this happens less often. In a state where water is already scarce, the last thing that
anybody needs is a tainted water supply.
Utah has its share of water problems and they are not just going to go away. That is why we
are grateful for our friends at Trilogy Medical Center who have been helping us share this
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