This year’s monsoon season has brought welcome news to the non-profit utility, the Salt River Project, which relies on a several reservoirs and groundwater. SRP is a major water supplier to central Arizona, delivering water and power to over 2 million people.
Earlier this month, historically low levels of water in Lake Mead prompted the federal government to announce that 18% of Arizona’s Colorado River water was going to be cut. SRP does not rely on the Colorado River.
Theodore Roosevelt Dam and Lake
Horse Mesa Dam and Apache Lake
Mormon Flat Dam and Canyon Lake
Stewart Mountain Dam and Saguaro Lake
Horseshoe Dam and Reservoir
Bartlett Dam and Reservoir
Granite Reef Diversion Dam
East Clear Creek:
C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir
Tim Skarupa told ABC News (see the video below) that SRP was able to store over 150,000 acre-feet of water as a result of the monsoon storms. Although still not at full capacity, the Project can withdraw groundwater to meet its needs if the reservoir levels fall short. Nonetheless, water conservation is encouraged.
Image Credit: Mother and baby Elk at Third Crossing of the East Verde River north of Payson, AZ, Mp3aa, October 2020. Wikipedia Commons.