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Taking liquid stock: Peoria officials reflect on diverse water portfolio

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Mayor Cathy Carlat honors former Mayor Bob Barrett for his foresight in sustainable water practices during his tenure. Former Mayor John Keegan was also honored but unable to attend. / Submitted photo / YourValley.net

By Philip Haldiman | YourValley.net

The city of Peoria is taking stock in the diversity of its water portfolio and recognizing those who have made it possible over the years.

Water Services Director Cape Powers said extensive planning over many years has resulted in a city with 5% of its water portfolio consisting of groundwater, which the city does not use. By stark contrast, the city was using 100% groundwater in 1998 and prior years, which was not sustainable.

Mr. Powers said today the city puts more water into the ground than it takes out on a yearly basis.

The Arizona Department of Water Resources’ designation of assured water supply allows Peoria to use groundwater for 5% of its supply. The rest comes from Salt River Project, Central Arizona Project and reclaimed water.

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