City, business leaders look for solutions for Utah’s drought


UTAH COUNTY — More city and business leaders are looking for long-term water solutions for their communities as the latest winter storms fail to restore hope in an end to Utah’s drought.

Northern Utah’s watersheds are down six percent in snowpack since Jan. 1 despite an active weather pattern, said Natural Resources Conservation Service snow survey supervisor Randy Julander on Thursday. Julander said snowpacks in Northern Utah are currently running about 30 percent below average.

“Water is a big issue,” said Taylor Oldroyd, CEO of the Utah County Association of Realtors.

Oldroyd has organized a “water forum” Dec. 22 in Orem at the association’s headquarters. Dozens of mayors, council members, state lawmakers, business leaders and experts are expected to be in attendance to talk about water and growth.

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