Arizona’s Colorado River entitlement was drastically cut by the Bureau of Reclamation in an announcement earlier this month.
The City of Tucson was trying to do its part in conserving water by volunteering to leave 30,000 acre-feet of its annual 144,191 acre-feet allotment in Lake Mead. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the arrangement was contingent on others also cutting back on their entitlements. No one else stepped up to the plate, so the City Council voted to reverse course and order its full Central Arizona Project (CAP) allotment next year. The Arizona Daily Star (at Tuscon.com) reports that the City Council is unwilling to bear the burden of saving water alone.