Tim Steller’s opinion: Shocking water news in Arizona, Tucson should lead to more action

By Tim Steller | Arizona Daily Star 

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

The problem, as always, is that water keeps flowing from the tap. 

Every other indicator is telling us we should be in red alert right now about Arizona’s climate and water situation. 

But when we turn the valve, even on these blazing days, drinkable water flows. 

It’s a luxury in this season and this place. And it makes it easy to turn away from the news. But we shouldn’t. 

This week alone: 

Lake Mead, the source of Central Arizona Project water that we use in Tucson, reached a record-low level as the lake plunges even faster than expected in our hotter climate. 

Wildfires burned large areas of Eastern Arizona and started in other places around the state on land desiccated by extreme drought. 

Tucson said it will close a water treatment plant serving 60,000 people because of groundwater pollution. 

Possible record-high temperatures are forecast to settle in for a week, as highs top 110 degrees and lows may not drop below 80. 

It should be a come-to-Jesus moment. Another one. 

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