[OPINION] New legislation amending ‘use it or lose it’ law bolsters AZ’s reputation for wise water stewardship

By Garrick Taylor, Interim president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry| Chamber Business News

Arizona has a long history of wise water stewardship. Since the 1950s, we have reduced our water use even as our communities have grown. Arizona’s economy continues to thrive—even now, amid a global pandemic—precisely because we know how to adapt. And, over the past few decades, Arizona’s business community has played a critical role in stewarding our resources and advocating for commonsense solutions.

Arizona’s business community understands that a secure and sustainable water supply will remain a fundamental component of our state’s economic vitality. Without water, our businesses and communities cannot grow.

In 2019, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry supported the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan, a historic water agreement that positioned Arizona to manage our Colorado River supply in times of shortage through voluntary conservation. DCP was an important step in securing Arizona’s water supply and reducing the risk of far deeper shortages.

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