Surprise works to protect groundwater

By Jason Stone | YourValley

It’s no secret that drought issues have been wreaking havoc with Arizona’s water system.

But Kathy Ferris, the former director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, told the Surprise City Council on Nov. 15 that it should get used to this problem.

“It may not be a drought,” Ferris told the council. “It may be the way it’s going to be forever.”

Arizona is already under a Tier 1 designation on the Colorado River, which means less water to Arizona cities and towns. A Tier 2A shortage will go into effect Jan. 1, bringing even more reductions.

So, Ferris, who is now a senior research fellow at the Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU’s Morrison Institute, is making sure municipalities are keeping an eye on their groundwater supplies.

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