So while the drought continues, Phoenix is ​​prepared

Water is a precious resource in a desert city like Phoenix. Parishioners understand the importance of protecting water to keep the city thriving. Unlike other areas in the southwest, Phoenix has no water shortage. While the drought is serious, Phoenix is ​​prepared.

Over 20 years after the current drought, Phoenix continues to have access to multiple water supplies including the Salt, Verde and Colorado Rivers, groundwater reserves and treated wastewater for crops and sustainable activities. Investments in infrastructure, strategic and innovative planning on behalf of city guides and long-term water saving programs are just some of the reasons why the water supply in Phoenix will remain in good condition.

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“We know this drought is imminent and have been proactively working for many years to build a sustainable city that can thrive despite a drought,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “However, we must all continue to take a holistic approach and do our part to save water in every possible way.”

Phoenix Water Services’ capital improvement program is a multi-year plan to improve water pipes, sewage treatment plants, booster stations and water wells. These projects ensure safe and reliable water supplies to protect public health and improve the efficiency of the overall system. The improvement program includes the drought resilience infrastructure project, the groundwater well, and the energy, technology and facilities programs.

“Over the past decade, we’ve made efficient infrastructure investments in our systems to ensure we can safely transport water and bring it to homes and businesses across the city,” said Troy Hayes, director of Phoenix Water Services. “These infrastructure investments put us in a good position and were prepared for bottlenecks on the river.”

These programs are at the core of the infrastructure initiatives that ensure efficient water use. They create resilience to the water scarcity that Phoenix faces now and in the future.

To further protect itself from bottlenecks on the Colorado River, Phoenix entered into an innovative partnership with the city of Tucson a few years ago. Phoenix has stored some of its untapped water from the Colorado River in the Tucson aquifers. In future times of scarcity, the stored water will be reclaimed for delivery in Tucson. An equivalent portion of the water from Tucson’s Colorado River is ordered in exchange for delivery to Phoenix’s water treatment facility. The agreement benefits both municipalities and shows how cities can lead the way in adapting to climate change and drought.

The scarcity of the Colorado River does not bring any cuts to the community. The City of Phoenix has a robust, successful water conservation program that has been in place since 1986. Rather than executing government contracts, efforts focused on educating customers and providing the tools everyone needs to do their bit. Phoenix was also a founding partner of the regional city’s Water Use It Wisely program. This water conservation education and information program has been successful in large part because of the community. The Phoenix Ad Hoc Water Conservation Committee has worked diligently to implement recommendations for further water conservation efforts, which focus on landscaping requirements and guidelines, regulations and enforcement, and education and public relations. The recommendations also include the inclusion of five additional employees to help implement the recommendations.

“The Phoenicians know that water is something that we must carefully use and cultivate. We’ve seen people take conservation measures like xeriscaping and installing high-efficiency plumbing in their homes. And that results in a significant reduction in water usage, ”said Cynthia Campbell, consultant for water resources management.

These proactive steps over the past 35 years ensure a sustainable and resilient water supply for the future of Phoenix. However, local residents and businesses still need to do their part and use the water wisely and prevent a Phoenix drought. To learn more about Phoenix Water Services, visit p hoenix.gov/water.

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