According to a recent Daily Independent article penned by Colin Diaz, president and CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce:
“In addition to the anticipated shortage declaration earlier this year, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation directed all seven Colorado River basin states, including Arizona, to create a plan to cut 2 million to 4 million acre-feet of water in 2023. They gave the states 60 days to accomplish the herculean task, or the Bureau will step in to make the cuts.”
Good thing Arizona’s water resource leadership has been working on it all the while.
“Arizona has been a world leader in water management for decades and has planned for the prolonged Western drought we are currently experiencing,” the article continued.
Diaz reels off a number of examples, punctuated by a stark statement: “Arizona has been proactive in preparing for the situation we are seeing today. In fact, we use less water today than we did in the 1980s, despite significant increases to our population.”