Living in a desert causes many people to question where we get our water and if it is running out. Our state is aware of the desert circumstances in which we live, and they plan accordingly.
Because Arizona is a desert, we rely mostly on water that collects in streams, rivers, and lakes. The majority of the drinking water in the valley comes from the Salt River Project (SRP). According to the City of Phoenix website, our water supply begins as snow and slowly flows into reservoirs and lakes. Arizona also depends on the water that flows into the Verde, Gila, and Agua Fria rivers.
Another source of water that Arizona relies on is through the Colorado river. Many western states rely on the Colorado river and water supplied through the river is allocated to each state by the Government. Arizona also depends on groundwater. In the past, groundwater has been used faster than it has been replenished, so now Arizona has strict laws in place in order to protect the groundwater that we have left.
When coming to Arizona, you may notice the lush lawns and golf courses that sprinkle the valley. Arizona is proud to use reclaimed and recycled water in order to conserve fresh water and still showcase beautiful landscapes. The City of Phoenix believes that should Arizona face a serious drought, outdoor water would be eliminated first.
Although the city tries its best to use water wisely, it also depends on community members to help conserve their water usage. The top tip the city recommends is to make sure your plants and grass are not being overwatered. Other tips include not running your washing machine and dishwasher unless they are completely full.
Water laws in Arizona will change depending on the area where you live. To look at current drought conditions check out the US Drought monitor website. Arizona will continue to show innovation in collecting and conserving water in order to provide beauty to the desert around us and comfort to the members of the community.