These Valley cities can handle semiconductor fabs’ water needs

By Andy Blye | Phoenix Business Journal (Photo by Sean Pavone)

After an extremely dry winter season, the Colorado River’s Lake Mead reservoir is likely to hit a “Tier 1” shortage by the end of this year, which would trigger water allocation cuts for users in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Mexico.

At that level, the Drought Contingency Plan dictates an 18% reduction of Arizona’s Colorado River allocation, which will have the most direct impact on agricultural users along the Central Arizona Project, according to an April statement from the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

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