Salt Lake City, Utah — Pounding residents with relentless heat, arid conditions, and no foreseeable end in sight, Utah’s drought is feeling like an endless hammer.
It is interfering with water supplies, recreational opportunities, and farmers’ livelihoods — and it is asking us to consider hard questions about population growth, water scarcity, and how generations will fare going forward.
According to a new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics Poll, Utah residents are willing to step up in this urgent crisis, with 50% who say providing water-wise incentives is the best move in this increasingly arid climate.
Another 20% say more restrictions or penalties are in order for those who violate watering rules for purely cosmetic reasons, and 14% say higher rates should be imposed for those who exceed their monthly water budget.
Interestingly, 5% of those surveyed in the poll that tapped 801 residents July 13–18 said Utah does not need to save water, and another 11% simply do not know.
The poll has a margin of an error rate of plus or minus 3.46 percentage points.