Controversial Utah water audit just released, findings causing concern

06 May 2015 Published in News & Events

Officials have just released a controversial audit of the Utah Division of Water Resources.

Government officials said legislators from both sides called for the audit after claims the division opposed water conservation for fears it could reduce water revenues for water sellers.

Critics also accuse the division of inflating future water needs to scare the public into spending billions on water projects like the Lake Powell Pipeline and the Bear River Project.

MORE: Click here to see what the water audit found

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