Construction crew installs segments of the pipe that will make the 11.5-mile long Sand Hollow Regional Pipeline designed to carry water from wells near the Sand Hollow reservoir to the southern part of Washington County, Utah, April 4, 2019

Mori Kessler, St. George News, File

Conservation efforts in southern Utah help delay need for water projects, but not indefinitely

By Mori Kessler, St. George News | Posted - Nov. 29, 2020 at 1:50 p.m.

ST. GEORGE — Last month, the Utah Division of Water Resources reported that water conservation efforts have helped meet growing population needs while postponing the need for water development projects.

While state officials primarily referred to water projects in northern Utah, the southwest corner of the state has also seen its own successes with conservation efforts during an ongoing drought, according to local water officials.

"We've seen how implementing water conservation strategies can delay large-scale infrastructure projects," Todd Adams, director of the Utah Division of Water Resources, said in a press release.

"When the Legislature passed the Bear River Development Act in 1991, the projected need for the water was in 2015. Thanks primarily to conservation efforts, new technology and some smaller water development projects, current projections indicate the water won't be needed until 2045 to 2050."

The state has launched several water conservation projects in recent years that Adams gave credit to Utah's citizens and private sectors for embracing.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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