Letter to the Editor: Big spring for rain not a reason to ignore conservation

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OPINION — This year has been a lot more wet then it has in the past few years, 140 percent above normal, which is great.

The problem is, because of this huge surplus of water, people are less careful and conservative with their water than last year. Even with the help of the Lake Powell Pipeline, which is a great idea, there will not be enough water to sustain future populace, which is estimated to be nearly 300 percent larger than the average current populace, which already has water problems.

Water usage will triple in the next 40 years as the population grows and more people come to Southern Utah. We can and need to save the water now while we can, and build more reservoirs to hold the extra water, so when there is an emergency and water is immediately needed, it will be there and ready, and will not need to wait for years as the lakes fill back up.

Washington County residents’ average use of water is up to 325 gallons a day! Phoenix, on the other hand, only averages 175.

Residents must cut down on water use, or water in Washington County will become scarce.

Plans for the Warner Valley reservoir have been made, and it would be the largest reservoir in the county.

But where is the water to fill it?

Lake Powell is the second-largest reservoir in the country, yet it is barely half-full. People in Nevada and California rely on the water coming from Lake Powell, so we need to avoid taking from it if we can. And we can.

Overall, everyone needs to work harder to conserve water for the future and for those who may need it more than us in Arizona, Nevada and California.

Submitted by DAYSON MACDONALD, Washington City

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