ST. GEORGE – The 90 by 20 water conservation advocacy will be holding a press conference in St. George Friday to highlight what its members see as the city’s wasteful water use.
On Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, the 90 by 20 campaign will host a Water Guzzling press conference in St. George in order to highlight the city’s unfortunate position as one of the Southwest’s biggest consumers of water.
The event is part of a continued to push by the 90 by 20 campaign to educate residents across the Colorado River Basin about household water use and to get the region’s water leaders to adopt a new regional, residential water usage benchmark.
According to research conducted by the 90 by 20 campaign, residential water use in St. George averages 152 gallons per capita per day. This rate puts St. George near the front of the pack when it comes to water use in the Southwest, ahead of communities like Las Vegas at 125 GPCD, Salt Lake City at 117 GPCD, Phoenix at 110 GPCD, Tucson at 92 GPCD and Denver at 85 GPCD.
As drought and increased municipal demand for water put new stress on the region’s water sources, the 90 by 20 campaign is asking that all communities take steps to put the area on a sustainable path by committing to achieving a residential rate of 90 GPCD by 2020.
Saturday’s Water Guzzling press conference will illustrate the disparity in regional usage rates by pitting St. George’s Big Gulp against Denver and Tucson’s shot glass. The press conference will feature local speakers and a discussion of what communities can do to lower their GPCD.
90 by 20 Water Guzzling Press Conference
Friday, Sept. 28
10 a.m. at the start of the Water Walk
St. George Opera House, 212 North Main
Miranda Jones, 90 by 20 Campaign
Christi Wedig, Citizens for Dixie
Karen Jorgensen, St. George Homeowner
The 90 by 20 campaign is asking major utilities in the region to take the “90 by 20 pledge” and to adopt the meaningful but achievable regional benchmark for residential water use of 90 GPCD.
While St. George’s leaders have thus far suggested the city cannot reduce its residential water use close to 90 GPCD, the 90 by 20 campaign is not giving up. The fact that so many communities in the region are already close to the benchmark despite differences in weather, wealth and other factors illustrates just how achievable the goal is.
Water efficiency is especially important in St. George, where leaders are looking for new water supply. Strategies like 90 by 20 are a good first step in order to ensure a community is efficiently using every drop it has. Achieving the benchmark regionally will save over one million acre feet of water, protect resources like the Colorado River and potentially help reduce future tax burdens, rate hikes and regulations.
Submitted by the 90 by 20 Campaign. The opinions stated in this article are not representative of St. George News.