Priority 6. Water Supply & Quality
Water supply and quality barely missed out on the top ten list in 2010 and 2012 (it ranked eleventh), but it has been a consistent concern for Utah voters. Not only are voters concerned about a limited quantity of water in the face of Utah’s growing population and news of the California drought, but recent events highlight the vulnerability of clean water sources. The 2015 Gold King Mine waste water spill into the Colorado River and the lead pollution water crisis in Flint, Michigan have also highlighted a population’s need for a clean water source.
Of the 3% of respondents that identified water as a top concern in the open-response survey, 81% were concerned about water conservation. Respondents were also concerned about future population growth. One respondent replied “the development of Utah depends on how much water we have.”
Water Supply and Quality Position in Utah Priorities
Briefs, Reports, and Blogs
Also, feel free to glance through some of our older reports and blogs about water supply and quality.
- Flowing Toward 2050: Utah’s Water Outlook
- The Impacts of Utah’s Population Growth
- A Look at Water Conditions in the Second-Driest State
- Utah’s Water Situation
- Utah Water Use & Quality
- Creating an Oasis, Part Two: Water Consumption, Pricing and Conservation in Utah
- Creating an Oasis: Water Development and Funding in Utah
- Legislature Looks at Property Taxes for Water Systems
- Hay! One Crop is Utah’s Biggest Water Consumer
- Top Research Findings of 2014: Part III