Water Research Challenges June 1, 2020 AGING AND GROWING INFRASTRUCTURE: Confronting both aging infrastructure and rapidly expanding systems is a unique challenge that can be overcome with sustainable solutions jointly addressing the built and human systems. DROUGHT: As the second driest state in the U.S., Utah needs ways to mitigate impacts of drought on water system reliability HAZARDS: Utah needs resilient water systems to address impacts of earthquakes, floods, droughts, landslides, intentional disruptions, and other threats. WATER QUALITY: Challenged by intensifying algal blooms and public health risks from bacteria, the Utah Lake-Jordan River system needs comprehensive sociotechnical watershed management solutions. CHANGING SNOWPACK: The Salt Lake City metropolitan area needs to understand and respond with solutions to climate change impacts on its water supply stored in the adjacent mountain snowpack. INCREASING WATER DEMAND: As the third fastest growing state in the U.S., Utah needs solutions to equitably and affordably meet growing water demands without impacting the state’s unique natural features such as the Great Salt Lake.