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Wednesday, October 9 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Will Your Utility Meet the New Regional Conservation Goals? Learn how a Large Public Water Supplier Answered this Question.

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The Utah Division of Water Resources' (UDWRe) new regional conservation goals, climate change impacts, and an increased desire from portions of the public to "conserve our way" out of large water supply projects require a new approach to demand forecasting. Simply using per capita usage rates specified in the regional conservation goals without verifying a utility’s ability to meet those goals can lead to water shortages in the future. While many in the public want to avoid large water supply projects, communities do not want to do so at the expense of economic growth and quality of life. This presentation will review demand projection methodologies that provide the information water utilities need to plan capital improvements that meet community expectations. The methods focus on three critical elements:
1. Accounting for economic growth in demand projections and allocations.
2. Costs to reduce usage rates to the targeted amount.
3. Time required to realize reductions in usage rates.
To illustrate how these methods can be applied, this presentation will provide an overview of how a large public water supplier implemented them during their recent Demand, Supply, and Conveyance System Study.

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Jacob Young

Professional Engineer and Utah Operations Leader, Brown and Caldwell
Jacob Young is Brown and Caldwell's National Smart Utility Services Leader. He is a licensed Civil Engineer with more than 15 years of experience planning, designing, and managing water projects.  His expertise focuses on the evaluation and optimization of water systems using digital... Read More →

Wednesday October 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Opera House