BY SHAINA SHAY, WATER RESOURCES & CONSERVATION SPECIALIST
The Colorado River Basin, like Arizona, is in the midst of a 20-plus-year drought that is stressing water supplies.
Due to decreasing water levels in Lake Mead, it is highly likely the U.S. Secretary of the Interior will declare a Tier 1 shortage for 2022 on August 16, 2021. This shortage will primarily affect agricultural users, not municipalities.
Rest assured, a shortage on the Colorado River doesn’t mean a shortage at your tap.
Global Water Resources does not rely on Colorado River water to provide water for our customers. Ample water supplies have been secured for current and future customers, enabling development in the city of Maricopa to continue for the foreseeable future.
We have been preparing for water shortages since the beginning. To combat water scarcity, Global Water Resources practices Total Water Management and has committed to using water wisely, encouraging conservation and planning for the future.
Arizona, along with other states in the Colorado River Basin and Mexico, have had many years to prepare for shortage. Joint collaboration resulted in the signing of a Drought Contingency Plan in 2019.
This plan, along with other agreements, established a system for sharing water surpluses. Additionally, states are working through a process called re-consultation, and by 2026 plan to further align demand for Colorado River water with the effects of climate change.
All of those proactive efforts means Global Water customers will have plentiful water for years to come.
Still have questions about the shortage? Global Water is offering a presentation on this topic at the Maricopa Library on September 4, 2021 at 1 p.m. Come see us in person! pcld.libnet.info/events