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The iUTAH Household Survey was conducted in 2014 during a time when the State of Utah was initiating various activities aimed at charting a long-term strategy for securing Utah’s water future. Water is currently high on the state’s public policy agenda due to Utah’s rapid population growth and urbanization, future water supply uncertainties related to climate change, and the political challenges of allocating increasingly limited regional water supplies. In order to provide information relevant to water policy, planning and management, the survey focused on understanding residents’ water management practices, water experiences and concerns, as well as their support for various state and local water policies and programs. The iUTAH Household Survey gathered data from over 2,300 residents in 23 different neighborhoods that represent the diverse types of urban development occurring in the Wasatch Range Metropolitan Area of Northern Utah. The survey was successful in capturing the views, experiences, and priorities of a representative cross-section of adults living in Utah’s urban areas. Study neighborhoods were selected based upon development of a detailed urban neighborhood typology. Using a drop-off/pick-up method, the research team received responses from over 62% of the randomly selected households within study neighborhoods. This report summarizes overall findings from the survey research effort, with an emphasis on comparing the four broad study locations of Salt Lake City, other parts of the Salt Lake Valley, the Cache Valley, and the Heber Valley. Our analysis presents some overarching themes that appear across our entire study area, but also highlights differences across these four locations.

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