The ongoing drought in the West means more water is being drawn from underground, some say at an alarming rate.
Phoenix receives federal funding to hire more firefighters
The city of Phoenix is getting $4.4 million dollars from the federal government to hire 28 firefighters.
They'll replace the firefighters whose positions were eliminated when the city cut $80 million from its budget. The money, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be used to help staff emergency units in accordance with national fire-protection standards.
Phoenix has also lost firefighters in recent years due to attrition. City officials have said they need help to maintain four-man engine crews.