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Water Restrictions Are Tightening the Screws in the West

One “pipeline” dream that won’t happen.

Will current communities of homes and businesses sacrifice their existence for future growth in another community? Ah ... no they won’t.

See this CNN article: “The fastest growing metro in the US is looking to a shrinking reservoir to keep the boom going.”

The reality of water shortages is only now starting to sink in for some communities. St. George, Utah, while the fastest growing community for now, is on an unsustainable path because of a lack of water resources. Thinking that future growth will be fueled by constructing a pipeline from a reservoir that is rapidly running out of water to service existing communities is crazy thinking. The challenge of no growth in a community being fueled by it is also daunting. Thus, people will hang on to pipe dreams that will never happen.

The final straw will come when existing homeowners see their property values plummet when the water stops running and starts dripping out of their faucets. Then they will have a different problem of being “under water” with their mortgages.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.