The population of Utah is expected to double by the year 2060, and by the year 2030, our statewide demand for water will outpace our supply. These are scary thoughts, especially since these dates are not too far in our future. It’s critical that we make changes today, so we can continue to prosper and thrive as a community in the coming decades.
How exactly does Prepare60 plan to do this? The following three components will enable us to meet our goals.
Protect the Water Supply. First, we need to repair or replace aging infrastructure (the majority of Utah’s water infrastructure is more than 50 years old). This includes canals, pipelines, tunnels, pump stations, dams, treatment centers, etc. Aging infrastructure supports 3 million residents, so it is critical that we attend to this as soon as possible.
Use it Wisely. We view conservation as the foundation of all current and future efforts to extend our current water supply. The state of Utah has set a goal to reduce water usage by at least 25% by the year 2025, and we are working to support that goal through efforts like water checks, toilet replacements, wastewater recycling, and city ordinances for water efficient landscapes. Education is also a major component, since we need everyone to contribute to conservation efforts in order for them to be truly successful.
Provide for the Future. With the expected growth Utah faces in the coming decades, we cannot afford to fall behind. The Statewide Water Infrastructure Plan (SWIP) is a comprehensive, long-term blueprint of Utah’s future water needs. The plan focuses on the repair and replacement of existing infrastructures as well as investing in new supply and infrastructure.
If you want to learn more about Prepare60 and the three part plan to secure Utah’s water future, this PDF outlines the three-part strategy. As always, we are open to your ideas! Feel free to reach out anytime.