Ducey says look for ‘big things’ about water in Legislature this session

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona lawmakers appear finally ready to act on a more permanent solution to the fact that it’s hotter and drier — and there just isn’t enough water to sustain the state’s growth.

And that could involve not only the state spending far more money than it has before but some creative solutions, ranging from piping and treating salt water from the Sea of Cortez to what is commonly known as “toilet to tap.’’

The consensus comes as prior efforts to stabilize Arizona’s water supply have come up short.

By a lot.

Facing a diminished supply of Colorado River water, lawmakers in 2019 adopted a “drought contingency plan.’’ It required Arizona and other states in the lower Colorado River basin to reduce the amount of water being taken from the river in an attempt to restore the level of Lake Mead to 1,090 feet.

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