Arizona senate okays $1 billion for water projects

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Arizona is planning to spend a billion dollars toward developing more water over the next three years, with the bulk of spending to be spent on acquiring water outside the state.

National Public RadioOpens in a new tab. reported on Friday that senate committee approved Governor Doug Ducey’s plan to provide $1 billion over the next three years to revamp the Water Infrastructure Finance AuthorityOpens in a new tab.. Seventy-five percent of the money has to be spent to acquire water outside the state, such as building a desalination plant to treat water from the Sea of Cortez.

Sen. Victoria Steele (D-Tucson) pointed out those projects will take years to complete. Per NPROpens in a new tab.: “All of these pieces in this bill are critical,” Steele said. “And we have to move it along. I get it. But these things are so much further into the future. And we’re at DEFCON 5 now. We need to do something now.”

Ducey announced the plan in his State of the State address in January.


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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