Local residents and readers of the St. George News in St. George, Utah have expressed concerns about the overall use of water in the upcoming Desert Color community. The master-planned development is set to contain two large man-made water bodies.

“When you take a look at a picture like this, as we had shared with the public as our concept and our idea, it might scare some people to begin with, as to, ‘Wait a minute, you’re going to take all my water? What is Desert Color doing, don’t they know we live in a desert,’” Brooke Cole, the Desert Color partnership representative, said.

Cole explains that the water bodies make for a smarter use of water than a comparable golf course, or even additional single-family homes built at the same density as the rest of the community. While 57 additional single-family homes would use 20 million gallons of water in a year, the water bodies will use only 17 million. In addition, the lakes use up to ten times less water than a comparable golf course.

The 3,400-acre community, which will eventually contain 30,000 homes, will also include a commercial center, resorts, and parks.

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