Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation to ensure Arizona keeps extra water saved in Lake Mead.
Doug Dunham with the Department of Water Resources says this legislation will ensure that water goes to the right user.
Arizona and southwest states are trying to increase the water supply in the reservoir, hoping to avoid water cutbacks next year.
Some extra water has been coming from Mexico’s share, but once that water gets into reservoir, there’s no guarantee it will stay with the state responsible for getting it there.
The bill gives Dunham power to make agreements with states such as California and Nevada.
He said negotiations are still ongoing on a new treaty with Mexico that would allow these conservation projects to go forward.
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