In April and May 2015, 52,845 Utahns shared their voice through the Your Utah, Your Future survey. Participants chose their favorite scenarios for water and other topics. After choosing their favorite scenarios, survey participants had the option to answer a series of questions to prioritize water among other issues, determine the most important outcomes related to water, and identify how willing they would be to take specific actions to ensure those outcomes. The survey results were cross-checked against a random-sample survey to ensure they represented the desires and opinions of Utahns.

What Utahns Want

Utahns consistently rate water as one of the state’s top three priorities for 2050. On average, Utahns prefer to reduce overall consumption by 23% per capita between now and 2050. Because we have already conserved significantly over the past several years, this additional conservation effort would result in over 35% less water use per person between 2000 and 2050. Utahns want to build regional water development projects, but after taking significant measures to delay them through conservation. Utahns are not willing to shift significant amounts of water from agriculture to urban uses or remove all grass from their yards or open spaces.

Why They Want It

Utahns want to balance water demands so that future generations (their own children and grandchildren) have sufficient water for their families, the economy, food production, wildlife, and recreation.

What They Are Willing To Do

Utahns are very willing to take significant steps to reduce how much water they use, even at some personal expense, including changing their landscaping and irrigation systems, having smaller yards, and having less grass in yards, public parks, and other open spaces. They are also willing to fund the development of local and large-scale water projects after making significant conservation efforts.


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