In Brief: Can water conservation save the Great Salt Lake?

Desert News reported over the weekend that advocates in Utah are urging the reduction of water usage in order to protect the Great Salt Lake. A recent study from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality suggests that if water users drop consumption by 50 gallons per day, they could delay a planned project to siphon more water, a practice that damages the lake, by as much as 45 years or longer.

The Great Salt Lake Advisory Council has estimated that a greatly diminished Great Salt Lake could result in economic losses in Utah that total $1.69 billion to $2.17 billion per year. The council is calling for water conservation practices that include the use of efficient toilets, fewer days of lawn watering, high efficiency washing machines, and replacing turf.

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