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Letter: Conserving water could negatively impact wastewater dilution

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The Wasatch Mountains are reflected in the Great Salt Lake near North Ogden on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

This is written in kind regard to your published article (“Can conserving water save the Great Salt Lake?,” Nov. 1). This article focuses on the relevant issue concerning water conservation, specifically in consideration for the Great Salt Lake, addressing its current state and potential future problems. With appropriate concern, the article provides results from a study and encourages Utah’s locals to change their water consumption habits. The article states how each resident in the four studied districts needs to reduce their daily water consumption by 50 gallons. It also mentions potential environmental conscious implementations into businesses and residential housing. This includes water efficient utilities and conservation practices and ends with supporting propositions. This is where my concern arises from the reading.

I have great appreciation for the consideration of the topic that is being covered. As environmental issues have gained their rightful recognition, more potential solutions and processes have come into mainstream media. With these developments, unconsidered consequences are a great possibility. The article explains the importance of this issue with evidence and provides a solution without acknowledging any sort of possible repercussion from the effects of household water conservation. With less residential wastewater released into water processing plants, dilution of wastewater containing harmful chemicals could be impacted. This is all unique to the area; however, it does not mean it should not be considered. Even if there has been no study on that within the Great Salt Lake’s area, it should still be brought into consideration.

Robert Crawford

Belgrade, Montana