Water has been the topic this week for my Canadian clients, more specifically concerns about the Valley’s continued water supply. It appears Canadian television ran a story that said Arizona will be out of water within the next 10 years. What the source was for that story, I have no idea.
That there were such deep concerns seemed ironic Thursday when nearly 2 inches of rain fell in driving sheets and many roads in Glendale and across the Valley soon held several inches of water – but that’s another story for another day.
Before a developer can build they must provide documentation assuring a 100-year supply of water. This isn’t always a rubber stamp approval. In Fountain Hills a few years ago, for example, building permits were stopped because developers were unable to provide such documentation.
There are some private water companies scattered throughout the Valley but the vast majority of areas are serviced by a city water system. And those water systems are fed by the Salt River Project, which diverts water through canals from the Verde and Salt Rivers and also stores water in a series of reservoir lakes.
(The Salt River bed is dry in the Valley because of the reservoirs but anything but once you get north of the lakes.)
Additional water comes to the Valley through the Central Arizona Project, an extended canal that transports water from the Colorado River. Arizona, incidentally, often does not use its allotment of water from the Colorado River … a recent agreement allows the state to sell some of its water to Nevada while some of the water is fed back into underground aquifers.
One important thing to know is we’re all in this together. There are some private water companies relying on wells for their water supply and not SRP or the CAP and they may have slightly different circumstances. But other than those occasional exceptions, SRP and CAP are Valley-wide supplies of water.
Despite 10 years of drought, no real water restrictions have been enacted. Nearly every city has such a plan but none have needed to be activated.
This isn’t to say water shouldn’t be a continuing concern. We are, after all, a desert. But the water supply here in the Valley appears assured for some time to come.
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