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Forum highlights Utah’s water and energy interdependencies

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Robert B. Sowby | Wasatch Water Review

Utah’s water and energy communities came together Thursday at the 2016 Water–Energy Nexus Forum. Water is needed to produce energy, and energy is needed to supply water. The second annual event explored interdependencies between Utah’s water and energy systems and sustainable methods for managing both resources.

Organized by the Rural Water Association of Utah (RWAU) and the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED), the event was held at the Davis Conference Center. Last year’s forum was the first of its kind in Utah.

RWAU director Dale Pierson opened the forum of over 200 water and energy professionals, noting that the purpose was to see “what we can do for each other.”

“We know that these resources are in fact interrelated,” said OED director Laura Nelson, and encouraged participants to “keep up the conversation about best practices” in both water and energy industries. Though there is “real uncertainty about how these resources are going to be available,” she explained, “the data can help us drive better decisions.” (…)

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