OPINION] Pinal County doesn’t have enough water for the long haul. What will we do about it?

This 1.8-mile-long fissure is 30 feet deep in places. It opened south of Arizona City after decades of heavy groundwater pumping./Photo- Arizona Department of Water Resources

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.)

Opinion: There are lot more straws in the ground now, all drawing from the same, finite pot. How many more can the Pinal Active Management Area add?

By Joanna Allhands | Arizona Republic

There is not enough water in Pinal County for the long term.

Let that sink in.

If things don’t change by 2115, the Pinal Active Management Area (AMA), which actually includes portions of Pinal, Maricopa and Pima counties, will lack the water to supply more than 8 million acre-feet of demands.

That’s a lot of water – about 10% of total demand, or roughly 2.6 trillion gallons more than what may be available there over the next hundred years.

Taps won’t go dry tomorrow. But sooner or later, homebuilders will not have the water to gain approval for new projects.


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