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Close up of a bale of hay
Gov. Katie Hobbs' office on Thursday announced the Saudi-owned company Fondomonte is "officially no longer pumping Arizona groundwater in Butler Valley," in the western side of the state.
Mar. 8, 2024
Tucson Water Director John Kmiec
PFAS are a group of widely-used, human-made chemicals linked to health issues like cancer and thyroid disease. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a long-awaited set of drinking water standards for the chemicals this year. But contamination has already been found in thousands of communities around the country like Tucson.
Mar. 6, 2024
wastewater plant
"Toilet to tap" is a catchy phrase used to simplify the idea of putting recycled and purified water back into the drinking supply. The real process is far more complex, resulting in water that's in some cases more pure than bottled water. It's also one solution ADEQ is looking into to help ease Arizona's growing water troubles.
Mar. 6, 2024
A scenic overview of the Colorado River from the Navajo Bridge near Jacob Lake.
Twelve public meetings, coordinated by the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission and Navajo Department of Justice’s Water Rights Unit, are slated all around the reservation through next Wednesday.
Mar. 6, 2024
abandoned mine warning sign
Kelly introduced the Legacy Mine Clean up Act with Republican Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming. The lawmakers say if passed, it would establish an office within the EPA that would work with state and tribal partners, implement best practices and set up a priority list to accelerate mine site cleanup.
Mar. 5, 2024
Holly Strablizky
Bloomberg has reported some states, including Utah, are setting up specific water courts, or judges who deal mainly in water law. Colorado has had this kind of a setup for more than 50 years. Holly Strablizky is a water referee for the Water Court in Colorado.
Mar. 5, 2024
A giant metal tube
Water authorities are already testing and cleaning water for PFAS — a group of human-made chemicals linked to cancer and other health issues.
Mar. 4, 2024
Water in tarp with dirt
Last week, the state Senate passed a bill intended to give rural communities a chance to conserve their groundwater. But legislative Democrats and even some rural officials are at odds with Republicans over the best way to conserve.
More Arizona politics news
Mar. 1, 2024
A bill to allow rural communities to manage and create groundwater protection areas passed out of the state Senate on Thursday, despite opposition from Democrats and some rural Republican county officials.
Feb. 29, 2024
Navajo Nation president's office
The proposal will mean access to piped water for tribal members living without it and settle all of the Navajo Nation’s water rights claims as well as those for the Hopi and the San Juan Paiute tribes.
Feb. 28, 2024
SRP water expo
Salt River Project wants to help Arizonans become more efficient water users. The utility is hosting its annual Water Conservation Expo this weekend. The free event, open to all, is the largest one-day distribution for smart irrigation systems in the U.S.
Feb. 27, 2024
Close up of a bale of hay
Arizona’s Auditor General has released a scathing report, criticizing the State Land Department for leasing land to a Saudi-owned company in western Arizona at cheap rates.
Feb. 23, 2024
Water bottles
The city has about 20 customers identified as large water users. They include resorts, hospitals, bottling plants and government entities. But a proposed ordinance would exempt current large water users and focus only on new users.
Feb. 22, 2024
Mark Kelly
The federal government has already allocated $5 billion through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for states to use on PFAS testing.
Feb. 20, 2024
Chandler’s mayor took on housing criticism in his recent State of the City address.
Feb. 20, 2024
Gila Bend welcome sign
State officials have received dozens of comments on whether the Arizona Department of Water Resources should formally move to regulate how much groundwater is pumped from the Gila Bend basin.
Feb. 15, 2024
SRP snowpack
SRP reports snowpack in the Salt River watershed is now above-average, which will mean another year of healthy reservoir levels.
Feb. 14, 2024
dry cracked ground
The Show spoke with Arizona Republic reporter Brandon Loomis about a Californian company that in Brenda, Arizona, that is asking the federal government to let it use groundwater from a stressed basin to create a clean energy fuel.
Feb. 13, 2024
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
PFAS are a group of widely-used, human-made chemicals that have been linked to health issues like cancer. Now, the Department of Defense is green-lighting investigations into sites that have been exposed to contamination.
Feb. 12, 2024
davis monthan air force base
The Department of Defense will help fund investigations for two sites in the Tucson area thought to be connected to groundwater contamination issues that have plagued parts of the city for years.
Feb. 7, 2024

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