[VIEWPOINT] Rep. Cook: We need to meet future water, power, infrastructure needs

By Rep. David Cook | Your Valley

Over the last five years, Arizona has been capitalizing on a lot of “ups” — fix up, patch up and catch up — and we have made some significant work to build out our infrastructure systems.

The future of the largest growth areas are within Pinal County. However, there’s much to do as it relates to bringing water to the county to enable that growth, as groundwater will not be sufficient on its own to meet those needs.

Policymakers would be wise to look to investments in infrastructure as a way to solve this challenge; specifically, the infrastructure required to build a system to bring other sources of water to the area. It can be done with the right local, state, and federal leaders working to make those long-term investments within the West and with Mexico.

When it comes to powering the future growth of the region, it will be incumbent on electric utilities to work proactively and collaboratively with stakeholders to meet the needs of future residents and businesses. Our 21st century lives require 24/7 power and a reliable, affordable energy supply will allow for continued economic expansion within Pinal County and elsewhere in the state. Given the recent reliability challenges in Texas, ensuring a low-cost, stable energy supply should be top of mind given the key role it plays in bringing new businesses to Arizona.

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