Perspectives on Utah’s water future

Today we take a look at how water in Utah currently gets used, conserved or even wasted, and at plans to provide for the state’s water future.

Right now the vast majority of water use in Utah goes to agriculture, and a big chunk of that is spent on one, very thirsty crop: alfalfa hay. Can we reallocate water from some amount of farming to help with expected population growth? And what other measures might the state adopt to further promote water conservation? Finally, should Utah be pursuing large-scale infrastructure projects to move water from one region to another, or are the potential environmental impacts too great?

Dan McCool, professor emeritus of environmental studies at the University of Utah
Eric Millis, director of the Utah Division of Water Resources
Todd Adams, deputy director of the Utah Division of Water Resources