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Grand County has not had a major storm for almost 30 days and is very close to falling into an extreme drought condition. The Grand Water and Sewer Service Agency (GWSSA) can expect reduced irrigation flows from Ken’s Lake. Moab city can expect its culinary springs near the Golf Course to continue their decline in flows.

  Both Moab city and GWSSA provide an unknown amount of culinary water for potash exploration and oil and gas development. One hundred percent of this water is lost. No water is returned to Grand County aquifers or to the Colorado River.

  Grand County residents have paid millions of dollars in impact fees to develop their water systems. Potash exploration and oil and gas companies have paid no impact fees but have complete access to this system. The use of water from a culinary water right for oil, gas, or mining may be illegal in Utah and subject the water right to adjudication.

  Culinary water is too valuable to be lost to potash exploration or oil and gas development. Both Moab city and GWSSA need to limit their culinary water going to potash companies or oil and gas companies. Contact the Moab City Council or GWSSA in Spanish Valley for more information.

—Bill Love

Moab

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