Pinal task force trying to balance county water needs

The three founding members of the Pinal County Groundwater Task Force answer questions Friday at the Pinal Partnership’s monthly breakfast in Chandler. The three leaders are, from left, William Garfield from Arizona Water Company, Jake Lenderking from Global Water and Pinal County Supervisor Steve Miller. / Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa / PinalCentral

By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa | Pinal Central

The Pinal Active Management Area has enough water for the county to grow, but steps need to be taken to make sure there is enough water in the long-term future, the three founding members of the Pinal Groundwater Task Force told a packed room of more than 100 members of the Pinal Partnership Friday morning.

“Our backs aren’t up against the wall yet,” said Pinal County Supervisor Steve Miller, who also serves as the task force’s chair. “We’ve got time to figure this out.”

“It’s not a simple yes or no answer,” said William Garfield, a co-vice chair of the task force and a senior adviser to Arizona Water Company. “It’s really a problem of how we commit that water for projects that need to have an assured water supply in order to move forward. There is a real need for more water.”

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