Water Is Your Business Fact Sheet
The Salt Lake Chamber announced its Water is Your Business program in the summer of 2014. The idea is to educate and motivate Utah's politically powerful business community to recognize how important water is to their bottom line. This fact sheet says more than $30 billion in water projects are needed to meet future demands. That figure includes everything from updated pipes and pumps in local communities to big-ticket endeavors like the Lake Powell Pipeline and the Bear River Project in northern Utah. It's based on demand and supply projections from the Division of Water Resources and Utah’s four largest water districts. Utah lawmakers have already funded some of this work, and they passed legislation earlier this year to pay for more projects. Critics say projections like these are wildly overblown and the projects themselves are empire-building for water districts.