State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2009UT125B
Title: Drought Planning Including Carryover Surface Water Storage for a Utah Water Service Provider
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2009
End Date: 2/28/2010
Congressional District: UT 1
Focus Categories: Management and Planning, Drought, Conservation
Keywords: Drought, Planning, Carry-over surface water storage, Water supply, Water conservation, Utah
Principal Investigator: Rosenberg, David
Federal Funds: $ 32178
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 35402
Abstract: Utah water service providers face periodic droughts that diminish the availability of their surface- and other water supplies and increase demands. Further, many service providers operate integrated and complex water supply systems that draw on surface waters, groundwater, trades and exchanges with neighboring districts, water conservation, and a host of alternative management actions. Yet no standard methods exist to show how these management actions can be optimally, cost-effectively, or economically combined to respond to droughts—for example, how much carryover surface water storage a service provider should retain in "wet" years to use during "dry" ones. This project will develop engineering methods to recommend the cost-effective mix of management actions a water service provider should include to plan for and respond to droughts. As part of the program, we will identify the economical level of carryover surface water storage to reserve for and use during a drought. We will apply and demonstrate application of these techniques for one Utah water service provider.

Progress/Completion Report, 2009, PDF

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