Drought-stricken Western towns say no to developers

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In the small city of Oakley, Utah, the drought conditions parching much of the West have depleted the natural springs that supply water to the community. During each of the past several summers, local leaders worried that quenching any major fire might empty the city’s water tanks. The city issued water-use restrictions this past April and residents cut back, but officials heard a consistent message from their constituents, said Mayor Wade Woolstenhulme. “If you guys are so low on water, why do you keep giving out building permits?” In May, Oakley’s city council voted to pause new development …

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