Arizona cities ask residents to conserve water

Phoenix area
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Phoenix and surrounding cities are facing potential water shortages as the state enters its 23rd year of drought.

Phoenix’ 12 NewsOpens in a new tab. reports that while there are no mandatory cutbacksOpens in a new tab., the Valley’s cities are looking at their water shortage plans.

Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale are all promoting voluntary water conservation, with Tempe attempting to educate its residents on how to conserve water and Mesa pledging to reduce water consumption by the city government by five percent. Scottsdale is asking its residents to conserve five percent. Phoenix is mulling a drought surcharge on water service costs but does not expect the surcharge to happen anytime soon.

The news station reports that other cities surrounding Phoenix have not issued drought alerts, nor have they asked residents to voluntarily conserve.

The situation is different from southern California, where mandatory cutbacks have been enacted.



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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