Opinion: Arizona Has an Ambitious Goal to Save Water – If We Can Pull it Off

Five years from now, if all goes to plan, Arizona will have conserved 5 million acre-feet of water.

That’s enough to fill about 2.5 million Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Or about 70% of what the state is estimated to use in a year, from all sources.

Or a little less than double Arizona’s annual Colorado River allotment (that is, if we were getting our full allocation, which hasn’t happened in a while).

Arizona to Spend $1.2 Billion on Water Security

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed B1740 yesterday, investing $1.2 billion over three years to fund projects that will bring additional water to the state to secure Arizona’s water future, improve existing water infrastructure and implement effective conservation tools.

The projects will help ensure that Arizona families, businesses and agriculture continue to have adequate long-term water supplies.

Ducey Signs $1.2B Water Plan as Arizona Faces Cutbacks

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday that will provide $1.2 billion over three years to boost long-term water supplies for the desert state and implement conservation efforts that will see more immediate effects.

The legislation that was hammered out over months during the just-completed legislative session is viewed as the most significant since the state implemented a groundwater protection plan in 1980.