AZ Department of Water Resources report raises questions about West Valley development

By Ron Dungan
Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 5:51pm
Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 7:45am

Gov. Katie Hobbs recently released a report by the Arizona Department of Water Resources that raised questions about the West Valley’s water supply.

And that has some people questioning what future development might look like.

The report said that planned growth and groundwater supplies were out of balance.

Hobbs has called for an update to the Groundwater Management Act, which policy experts have been advocating for years.

The act requires developers to locate a 100-year supply of water, but conservationists say there are too many ways around that requirement. Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club said the state needs to take a critical look at future growth.

"We’re still mining groundwater, we have an over-allocated Colorado River and you just can’t continue to plat subdivisions without really looking at where is water for the future going to happen?" Bahr said.

The Groundwater Management Act was passed in 1980.

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