The New York Times didn’t mince words about the crisis facing us. Their headline: “As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces an Environmental Nuclear Bomb.” The writer warned that historically low lake levels will lead to toxic dust storms as sediments laden with heavy metals, previously covered with water, become windborne and blow throughout the Salt Lake valley. Other problems include devastation of migratory bird populations, loss of at least $10 million per year to the brine shrimp industry, and reduced snowfall due to loss of the “lake effect.”
Experts say conservation is the key to saving the lake. There is some good news in that regard: as more Utah water providers (including WaterPro) install meters on their secondary (irrigation) systems, immediate savings of 30% or more occur. In addition, farmers will need to switch from water-intensive crops like hay and water-wasting practices like flood irrigation, since agriculture is responsible for over 60% of water use in the state.
As reported in the Deseret News, Joel Ferry, executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, says: “Conservation has to be our first choice. Across the board. Period.”
Our customers have shown that Utahns can conserve water. We encourage you to keep up the good work, for the sake of everyone in our beautiful valley.