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[OPINION] Why does Arizona force people to live where the water is? It’s time to think bigger

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Opinion: Arizona should figure out how to get water to where people want to live, rather than unquestioningly accepting existing limitations.

By Robert Robb | Arizona Republic

The people who discuss and decide water policy in Arizona are a small and tight circle.

For most of us, if the water flows when the spigot is turned, we assume someone somewhere is taking care of things.

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

The insularity of water policy decision-making, however, causes certain suspect premises to go unquestioned or challenged. One of the most significant is this: People should be required to live where there is water, rather than figuring out how to get water to where people want to live.

Two recent reports hit the insular water policy coterie like thunderbolts. The Arizona Department of Water Resources found that there was not enough water in Pinal County to support approved developments, much less new ones.

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