Even after significant water conservation, global water sustainability will require that water be used more than once. The many barriers that hinder water reuse fall into four general categories, but they can be overcome.
Utah has been plagued with a series of water quality problems this summer. It began in July with a toxic algal bloom that originated in Utah Lake and spread to the Jordan River. The waters were closed to public access and irrigation systems throughout southern Salt …
Improvements to secondary digesters, primary sludge thickening, and cogeneration are now finished. “The purpose of the upgrade is to increase the solids treatment and handling capacity to serve needs through the year 2035,” said general manager Kevin R. Cowan.
Hydroterrorism—a form of terrorism in which water is the tool or the target—is intensifying. Recent incidents in the Middle East and past incidents elsewhere illustrate that water resource systems are vulnerable to both physical and virtual attacks. This white paper introduces the problem, presents pertinent examples, and offers some direction for response.
Directions – Understanding the timing, location, and magnitude of water uses at sub-city scales is important for managing water resources and planning the associated infrastructure.This case study describes a spatiotemporal analysis of water consumption in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Utah’s water and energy communities came together Thursday at the 2016 Water–Energy Nexus Forum. The second annual event explored interdependencies between Utah’s water and energy systems and sustainable methods for managing both resources.
This web map shows wastewater treatment facilities in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah counties. Select a facility to see design flow, treatment processes, service areas, and other details. Zoom in to see aerial views of the treatment works.
Utah Lake has been the subject of much recent study, including a special series on WWR. Here, we examine its historic water-level fluctuations over the last 24 years.
At the turn of the water year, Randy Julander, Utah Snow Survey supervisor, comments on the state’s status. “It was a bust,” he said.
Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed an executive order today requiring state facilities to conserve water and urging all Utahns to do the same. “Water is really the only limiting factor to the growth pressures of Utah,” he said.
After a dry and mild winter, May in Utah was wetter than usual. Salt Lake City International Airport had a record-setting 18 days with measurable precipitation, said hydrologist Brian McInerney. Mike Tea, a local water master, said the rains helped his irrigation company keep up with demand.
Water Efficiency – At the western base of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, a narrow urban strip approximately 120 miles long and 6 miles wide is home to 80% of the state’s population. Managing water resources along the Wasatch Front has long been a challenge.
EPA recently announced the Clean Water Rule, which clarifies which water bodies may be covered by the 1972 Clean Water Act and restores the federal government’s authority to regulate them. Many oppose the new rule, which may impose new costs and burdens on farmers.
A mild winter brought record-setting warm temperatures and little precipitation, and Utah’s water conditions are well below average for the fourth year in a row.
“Any hydrologic indices that we have, have gone wrong,” said Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.
The average American lifestyle is kept afloat by 2,088 gallons of water per person every day. What is your water footprint?