By Tom Scanlon | Scottsdale Progress
In her book “The Soul of Money,” Lynne Twist writes, “Money is like water.”
If that works both ways and water is like money, Scottsdale’s savings account would be bursting while neighboring Rio Verde Foothills is “broke.”
Despite the city’s repeated warnings about the drought’s impact on drinking water supplies, Scottsdale “banks” massive amounts of water every year – and is building more ways to store what some are calling “liquid gold.”
Documents obtained by the Progress show that from 2019 through 2021, Scottsdale used far less water than it received from the Central Arizona Project and Salt River Project.
A Scottsdale Water representative declined to provide 2022 figures “as those are not finalized yet.”
However, near the end of 2022, Scottsdale Water Director Brian Biesemeyer informed council the city recharges around 10,000 acre feet of CAP water per year.