Arizona’s water system for suburban growth heads toward ‘train wreck,’ Babbitt says

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star

A water management district created by a 1993 state law that allowed massive subdivisions to spread into the outer suburbs of Tucson and Phoenix is now heading for a “train wreck,” warns former Arizona Governor and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who like Babbitt supported the 1993 law when it passed, now calls the groundwater district it created “the weakest link” in the state’s entire water management system.

The 1993 law enabled huge new subdivisions to spread into the outreaches of Tucson, unincorporated areas such as Green Valley to the south of the city and in southern Pinal County to the north.

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