Report Warns Of Looming Water Crisis In Arizona

February 24, 2014

(Photo courtesy of the Arizona State Legislature)
Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin is behind the bill.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — State water officials are warning that Arizona must start looking into other drinking water sources or face a crisis as soon as 25 years from now.

The Arizona Daily Star said that a new report conducted by the Arizona Department of Water Resources predicts water shortfalls of up to 900,000 acre-feet a year by 2050 as the population grows. The agency advises several possible solutions, including building a water desalination plant.

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin said he hopes lawmakers will approve legislation to set up a loan program offering $30 million for water infrastructure and up to $100 million over the next few years.

The report was commissioned by Gov. Jan Brewer. Andrew Wilder, a spokesman for Brewer, said she is not supporting any particular solution at this point.