Homes Are Using More And More Water In The Mountain West

Homes Are Using More And More Water In The Mountain West

News Type: State, Regional Source: Kuer Radio
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Westerners in many states are using less water.  However that’s not the case in the Mountain West. In Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, home usage went up; in Montana it stayed the same. Experts say these figures are based less on population growth and more on state water policies.

Residential water usage in the United States is going down according to the most recent 5-year reportfrom the U.S. Geological Survey.  Cheryl Dieter with the USGS said, “a lot of those reductions can be attributed to federal, state or local policies focused on water and energy efficiency.”

Taylor Graham with the conservation non-profit Utah Rivers Council agreed. He said that a lack of smart water policies could explain why Mountain West states are bucking the downward trend.