New York Times – Dam crises and failures in California and Nevada shed light on the state of American infrastructure.
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.
Since 2000, a prolonged drought in the Colorado River Basin has impacted regional water supply, hydropower, recreation, and ecosystems. This application by the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation uses open data to explore the 16-year drought and its effects.
Deseret News – The state’s water resources board approved a program to award up to $3 million a year to water providers that want to install meters on secondary systems. In systems that have moved to meters, water savings have proved significant.
Deseret News – Management of Utah’s water resources and questions over financing the Lake Powell pipeline dominated a recent discussion of the State Water Development Commission, with a new analysis that asserts the repayment plan is a bad deal for Utahns.
Deseret News – California’s scorching drought and the massive Gold King Mine spill impacting three states drew national attention to water issues in the West and likely elevated the topic as a top concern in research and outreach done by the Utah Foundation.
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.
New York Times – Giant dam projects promised to elevate the American West above its greatest handicap—a perennial shortage of water. But today, there are signs that the promise of Glen Canyon Dam and others has run its course. Could the end be near for one of the West’s biggest dams?
Deseret News – After years of preparation, Utah has submitted a voluminous licensing application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start the initial review process for the Lake Powell Pipeline.
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.
View an infographic that explores the water-energy nexus and trends that influence it.
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.
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.