KGUN 9 On Your SideNewsLocal News


Report questions adequacy of growing Arizona water supplies

Marana residents taking precautions against polluted water
Posted at 9:02 AM, Oct 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-26 12:02:34-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A new report by an Arizona State University think tank questions whether Arizona can find enough water to replenish aquifers for pumping to new homes in fast-growing suburban areas without access to Colorado River water.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the Kyl Center for Water Policy report also suggests that the state revamp a landmark 1980 setting current policy on groundwater management.

The report warns that some suburbs of Tucson and Phoenix will struggle to find enough water to keep growing without damaging underground aquifers by overpumping.

According to the report, the result could be land subsidence, including ground fissures, lower water quality and even the possibility of wells drying up.