Water in Arizona - a Hot Topic!

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

Water is a hot topic in Arizona.  News reported lately reflects lower than normal water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, two storage areas of Colorado River water.  Arizona is one of handful of states that receives a water allocation from the Colorado River.  With the 23 year drought, Arizona's allocation was recently dropped.  The Arizona Drought Contingency plan was set in motion with landmark legislation that allows Arizona regions to share the reduction equally.  But now, more must be done to conserve water.

 

As you can imagine, living in the desert Southwest has it's share of differences from the rest of the US.  Arizona is one of seven states that draws water from the Colorado River.  States receiving water from the Colorado River besides Arizona are Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, California, New Mexico with some water allocated to Mexico.  Due to the ongoing 23 year "mega drought," water allocations have been reduced to help maintain Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the two reservoirs storing Colorado River Water.  

 

4 of those states have been given 60 days to come up with a plan to reduce water usage or be forced into mandatory cutbacks.   Arizona, Nevada and Mexico have already reduced their water allocation.    Arizona's 21% reduction in water allotment for 2023 is mandatory and is the biggest reduction so far.

 

Arizona has reduced their allocation last year and this year; and has been managing water since the 1980's with a series of underground aquifers.  These aquifers store unused allocations of river water, rainwater and snow melt from Northern Arizona.

 

Arizona leads the nation in "rigorous water management" according to this article in RISMedia, "Some Fast Facts to Know about the Arizona Water Supply."  Arizona is a "national leader when it comes to reused water.

 

 

 

Each city in Arizona is challenged to reduce water usage to make sure we don't use more water than we have allocated.   And each city in Arizona has a different allocation from the canal system, rivers and groundwater aquifers.

 

Scottsdale has requested residents to reduce their water usage by 5%.  This article explains some of the changes Scottsdale is making to reduce water usage in public places.  

 

There are many ways in which residents can reduce water usage.  This list provides some ideas:

 

Don't leave water running when brushing your teeth

Time yourself in the shower and turn water off while lathering

Install a water efficient aerator to reduce water at the tap

Eliminate grass; plant Xeriscape native drought tolerant plants with

Shade trees can shade the South and West Exposure on buildings

Install WaterSense faucets to use less water than traditional fixtures

Water efficient appliances can reduce water usage

Capture rainwater for outdoor use

 

On a larger scale, there are many commercial water reduction programs already in place.  One of the most significant water reduction programs is the use of Reclaimed Water for the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant in Arizona, and they are also looking at more ways to reduce water usage.

 

And there are agricultural water reduction programs in use and in beta.   Check out this innovative idea created by an ASU Scientist!  My Land is currently being used on farmers fields that are at least 100 acres, which is a good idea since agricultural fields use a lot more water than residences.    Their technology is algae based fertilizer that uses no chemicals, uses a lot less water, and continuously improves soil health. 

 

Do what you can to reduce your water usage now.  Future generations will be grateful! 

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Comments (40)

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

It is a bit scary Michael J. Perry , but reducing water usage by residents can help.  The biggest user of water in AZ is agriculture, which is why I shared MyLand.ag.  They have ideas to reduce water usage in AZ big time, if only others wanted to eliminate chemicals, save water and lower their carbon footprint.  It's a win win for Arizona if those land holders would adopt this method!  Thank you for commenting! 

Sep 01, 2022 10:04 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You're right Leanne Smith , and land owners are selling their water rights as well.  Those land owners are partly to blame.  If they sold their water rights to Epcor instead, other places that don't have water in Arizona would be served.  Water is a big deal here, if only everyone wanted to benefit those without water!  Make sure to visit MyLand.ag and share that site to others in your area.  Anyone over 100 acres is a customer for them.  I've walked fields in Buckeye where the algae system is installed and the yield is amazing.  They eliminate chemicals, improve soil health year after year, reduce water usage, eliminate the need to drive to the fields, and lower the carbon footprint of that land.  It's an amazing savings of water!  

Sep 01, 2022 10:07 AM
Leanne Smith

And for farmers in Mohave County as well as residents the continued demand by counties to the east for water from the Colorado is troubling as well.

Sep 01, 2022 11:52 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Rain would be wonderful Laura Cerrano !  Thank you for commenting.

Sep 01, 2022 10:07 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Yes they do Debra Leisek , thank you for commenting!  

Sep 01, 2022 10:08 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Yes, water is a constant headline right now Peter Mohylsky. BRIX REALTY . So sad to see all of the flooding.  We've had some here, but nothing like Mississippi and other states/areas. Very sad!

Sep 01, 2022 10:09 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good question faye schubert .  I searched and found that the city of Tucson offers credit for those installing rainwater harvesting systems.  I've been researching this myself and am about to install gutters and potentially divert rainwater throughout my yard!  I will be writing on that topic as soon as the system is implemented.  I'll share before and after pictures so that I can add to the solution.  Thank you for that question!  I wish they could this on a larger scale!

Sep 01, 2022 10:11 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp
SLS Home Inspections-Kankakee Will Iroquois Grundy Counties - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

I listened to Erin Brockovich at a seminar years ago during the Flint Michigan water crisis. She said if we didn't start treating our water resources with urgency, there would come a day when water was more valuable than gold. I think she may be right.

Sep 01, 2022 11:31 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Oh yes, water is a finite resource Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector .  There are so many ways to save water.  I just saw a video of a guy in Tucson with a rainwater catchment system where he has an outdoor kitchen and 2 HUGE rainwater catchment tanks.  The sink water is returned to his yard to water plants.  In Tucson, they offer $1,000 rebate to install rainwater catchment systems.  Their watering system is 90% from the Colorado River water - so they seem to be more diligent in offering ideas and incentives than Phoenix!

Sep 01, 2022 12:23 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Jan,

What an informative post on the water shortages going on in AZ and the other 6 states and Mexico.  I can see why reducing water usage by residents can definitely help. Water is such an important recourse that we can't live without. I'll be interest to see your post on installing your gutters and seeing if that helps.

Sep 01, 2022 05:18 PM
Joan Valverde
HomeSmart - Colorado Springs, CO
GRI,CDPE,CNE,MRP,SRES Colo Sprgs, Blk Forest, Monu

Good article on water Jan,

We here in Colorado are asked to water outside only 3 days a week.  My hubby is looking at ways to eliminate some of our grass to cut out the watering.  The cost of water is getting out of hand too.  We all need to be wise with our water usage.

Sep 02, 2022 09:31 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jan great message, here in California we talk a good game but the reality is the affluent and the politically connected do not follow their preaching's.. Just look at the entitled Hollywood stars and politicians... water conservation only applies to the peasants like me:)Endre

Sep 02, 2022 11:34 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Living in the Pacific NW is a blessing, for we get rain. I will never complain about rain again (I like rain in general). It cools everything down and keeps the climate around here comfortable, and we rarely have extreme weather. 

Very Important message, Jan. Thank you for this post. 

Sep 03, 2022 01:16 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX !  Water is very important here in the desert.  A while back I wrote a post about tiny homes. One of those was completely off-grid.  They captured rainwater, too.  I can't wait to install my system.  I'll have a rain barrel that collects rain so that I can attach a hose and water my front yard with it.  It's desert plants with no irrigation.   More to follow! 

Sep 03, 2022 01:31 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

We should be doing that here Joan Valverde !  Interesting that  your name means green valley :)   Good for you for eliminating grass.  I don't have any and have a LOT of desert plants with no irrigation in the front yard. Looking forward to installing gutters and redirection my rooftop water to irrigation water. Stay tuned! 

Sep 03, 2022 01:33 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Money always talks Endre Barath, Jr. !  I get it.  Scottsdale golf courses aren't ALL using reclaimed water like other areas.  Scottsdale's allocation from the Colorado River is higher than Tempe, directly south of Scottsdale.  Tempe uses a lot of different water sources and less Colorado River due to their proximity to a large aquifer and other rivers.  Location, location, location!  Works that way for you, too.  Politicians and celebrities might live in the same 'hood, location, location, location! 

Sep 03, 2022 01:35 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for reading and for your comments Aura Alex .  It's interesting how things can be so vastly different from one state to the next.  Arizona is unique as we have 4 climate zones, tied with California.  Most states might have 1 or 2!  Arizona has ski slopes in Flagstaff, Mesas and the desert of course.  It's very interesting driving from Phoenix up north.  We have cactus, but as you drive up north and gets hillier with mountains and the pines take over - very unique!  I've been in your city before and stayed in Everett.  Gorgeous scenery!

Sep 03, 2022 01:38 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ Things can be different here in the WA state between West and East, let alone in other states. I'm on the West, so it's primarily green and moist. But when you drive east toward Spokane (closer to Idaho), you get brown mountains, much drier lands, and more extreme weather. Go figure! :) I enjoyed this conversation!

Sep 03, 2022 05:55 PM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Interesting post!

Sep 04, 2022 04:39 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I've heard that Washington is a unique state Aura Alex .  Thank you for the information and for commenting!

Sep 07, 2022 08:00 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Ricardo Mello .  Water is different in every state as to how much they get, does it flood, and are they managing it properly?!  Thank you for commenting!

Sep 07, 2022 08:01 AM