This is an exerpt from an article was originally posted on the Deseret News on May 7, 2017

Last year’s particularly wet winter coupled with reports that Utah’s drought is “over” may provide a false pretense that Utahns no longer need to worry about water conservation. The truth is, water remains a critical and complex issue impacting the entire state, regardless of winter snowfall totals.

As the second-driest state in the nation with a population expected to double by 2050, Utah’s water availability, need for repair and replacement of existing infrastructure, conservation efforts and significant investment in our state’s water data all must be continually addressed.

What is also critical to understand is the economic aspects of these issues. The business interest in water is fundamental. It touches every sector of our economy from manufacturing to food and beverage to education and small businesses, while also being an essential aspect of many business processes. In addition, this finite resource provides the recreational opportunities and natural beauty that attract great companies and terrific employees to our state, ultimately impacting our regional and global competitiveness.

Ensuring that Utah’s businesses make an impact in addressing our water challenges requires a circular approach. This means that in all their processes, businesses find ways to keep resources moving throughout the supply chain, such as water reuse. Adopting and scaling these circular water management practices will help support the necessary repair, investment and public-private partnerships needed for achieving infrastructure resilience and ensuring Utah’s businesses and communities can thrive over the long term.

In conjunction with Utah’s Water Week, the Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is hosting the annual Utah: Water is Your Business Forum as an opportunity for business leaders and other stakeholders to join in the discussion regarding this circular approach to water. Learning about and discussing best management practices in water stewardship, infrastructure and new innovation and technology will help our state’s businesses continue to lead the way in creatively addressing Utah’s water challenges.

To read the full article head to the Deseret News.