Groundwater restrictions put in place near Kingman

By Greg Hahne
Associated Press
Published: Thursday, December 22, 2022 - 2:55pm

Restrictions have been put in place on large-scale farming in western Arizona as a part of a bid to protect dwindling groundwater supplies.

The Arizona Department of Water Resources designated the Hualapai Valley near Kingman as an irrigation-non-expansion area. 

Meaning anyone who has not farmed more than two acres during the last five years will not be able to do so anymore.

Meters will have to be installed on wells designated for commercial use, and the amount used must be reported to the state. 

This is the first such designation in Arizona in 40 years. Mohave County officials supported the move, saying they want to ensure residents continue to have access to affordable water. 

The decision is not final until after review.