Overall, there have been numerous successes for the business community this year, but as we move forward with efforts and plans to continue our State’s comeback, it’s important that policymakers, business leaders and the community at-large engage in a dialogue about one of the State’s most precious resources: water. As a desert state, policy makers must appropriately plan for future water needs of the state’s growing size and economy.
The results of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study, completed in 2012, show significant water supply shortfalls within the Basin over the next 50 years. Results from the ADWR-led Water Resources Development Committee indicates a water shortage of anywhere from one to just over three million acre-feet in the next 100 years.
A plan recently released by the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), “Arizona’s Next Century: A Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability,” is a great first step and illustrates the foresight needed to sustain Arizona’s water supply.
Read more about the important of water in Arizona’s future in the Arizona Republic.