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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- The list of top ten cities in the Intermountain West that consume the most water has been released -- and four Utah cities are on it.
The new report was issued by the University of Utah's Bureau of Economic and Business Research. It shows St. George at the top of the list, consuming more water, per capita, per day than any other city in the Intermountain West.
St. George who comes in at number one gulps down 391 gallons a day. Logan comes in at second with 370 gallons. The number four spot goes to Salt Lake City with 370 gallons, while Provo-Orem takes sixth place with 281 gallons.
Study author Alan Isaacson said it's clear Utah needs to do better and it can be done without making a lot of drastic changes.
But Eric Klotz with the Division of Water Resources conservation said statewide per capita consumption is down 17 percent since 1995. However, except for Ogden, Utah cities still consume significantly more water than most of their Intermountain West neighbors.
Other water consumption cities in the region:
- Albuquerque's per capita water use is 178 daily gallons.
- Boise's is 192 daily gallons.
- Denver's is 207 gallons
- The region's average per capita use is 243 galloons per day.
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