- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers are considering encouraging water conservation with higher prices.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1PbGzNP ) that the Senate has approved a proposed bill that would require culinary drinking water retailers - mostly municipalities - to establish fee schedules that increase the per-unit price of water according to customers’ use.

The bill is on its way to the full House as a committee hearing offered a favorable recommendation.

Critics of the proposal say it doesn’t take farmers into account and that the increased pricing could make local food more difficult to find.

Many communities on the Wasatch Front have already instituted tiered schedule pricing, but cities that have not argue they already have water conservation efforts in place.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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