Arizona mountain community running out of water

Strawberry, AZ
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Arizona’s NBC News affiliate, Channel 12Opens in a new tab., reports that the small mountain community of Pine-Strawberry is facing a critical water shortage, with wells drying up and the local water district no longer hooking up new customers.¬† Even the fire hydrants do not work very well.

12 NewsOpens in a new tab. reports that the town’s largest water supplier has seen more than half of its wells dry up. 38 active wells have dropped down to just 14 active wells.

Some residents are trucking water in.

Outdated, leaky infrastructure and too many wells drawing upon the community’s shallow aquifer are cited as contributing to the problem.

Drought is another factor.¬† The entire state is “unusually dry” right now.

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“Looking at the central residential part of the town of Strawberry, along Fossil Creek Road, which swings left and curves up around the ridge in the background.” March 16, 2011. Alan Levine. Wikimedia CommonsOpens in a new tab..


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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