I attended Gov. Gary Herbert's Utah's Water Future discussion session in Salt Lake City and learned some stuff.
I learned that it takes 100 gallons of water to grow a watermelon in Green River and that Utah residents use, on average, 300 gallons a day, which places us in a category of worst water wasters in the world. I learned that we don't pay the real cost of water due to property tax subsidies which only serve to encourage waste. I also learned that the lines are firmly drawn between those people wanting more water projects (Bear River Diversion, Lake Powell Pipeline, etc.) and those preaching conservation.
But what I really learned was that we don't have a water problem; we have a people problem. The reason why this group was convened to deal with this upcoming "water shortage emergency" is because of the out-of-control population growth that is forecast for this state. Herbert requested innovative approaches in dealing with our water crisis. How about responsible family planning and birth control?