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Water and energy needs focus of forum

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LOUISE R. SHAW | Davis Clipper

LAYTON—It happens with comforting regularity: Turn on the tap and water flows out. Flip on the switch and the lights come on.

But while those luxuries don’t require much thought or any work of our own, there are lots of people working behind the scenes to make sure those lights stay on and that water keeps flowing.

Davis County hosted many of those who work on water and energy issues at the 2016 Water-Energy Nexus Forum sponsored by the Rural Water Association of Utah and the Governor’s Office of Energy Development on Jan. 21.

The forum, held at the Davis Conference Center, provided a chance for stakeholders to come together and discuss the state’s water and energy needs and the best way to ensure “wise development and employment” of state resources, according to material prepared by the planning committee.

This is the second year the forum has been held.

In his keynote address, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said that Utah’s population reached 3 million a few months ago and is projected to double that and reach 6 million in just 35 years.

“That’s incredibly rapid growth,” he said. “We’re about to head into a legislative session and we’re going to have some issues dealing with water and we’re going to have some issues dealing with energy.” (…)

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