As the second-driest state in the nation facing a population boom, water is everything to Utah. With it, we have settled valleys, grown crops, raised children, recreated and supported a vibrant and growing economy. Without it, our economy and quality of life is at great risk. Many of us take for granted the water that so easily flows from our faucets at home and at work. We are the beneficiaries of forward-thinking leaders of decades past who came together to invest in our current water infrastructure.
Water management and water policy is a complex issue. Despite this complexity we cannot ignore the fact that it touches every sector of our economy and impacts our regional and global competitiveness. Water provides recreational opportunities and natural beauty that attracts great companies and terrific employees. It keeps our communities vital and strong. Water is also an essential part of many business processes. We must strike a thoughtful balance between managing our limited supply and maintaining economic interests.
With Utah's population expected to double in the coming decades, there is a great need for a vibrant discussion on this important asset. As a business community, we want to ensure we continue to take a prudent, disciplined approach to infrastructure investment. Additionally, we must have a thoughtful discussion and action on water conservation and management as a community of residents and businesses.