KJZZ News convened an expert panel exploring the current state and future of Arizona's groundwater. Groundwater makes up a significant share of Arizona’s water supply. And it has taken on even greater importance as the state’s allotment of the Colorado River has been reduced. This discussion is part of KJZZ's "Every Last Drop" series, tackling big questions about Arizona's water future.
Record drought throughout the Southwest has taken a toll on the Colorado River, and put greater emphasis on other water supplies. KJZZ News hosted a panel discussion in Tempe on Arizona’s groundwater situation.
Governor Katie Hobbs says the state is terminating a lease for a Saudi-owned company that’s been farming alfalfa in Arizona. The company has been criticized for growing a water-intensive crop for export amid the Southwest’s historic drought.
Gilbert already has rebate programs for residential customers who replace grass with drought-tolerant landscaping. But now, the town is partnering with the Salt River Project to expand its turf removal rebates to HOAs and commercial water users.
Policy experts say that about 74% of the state’s water goes to agriculture. Now, researchers at the University of Arizona are working with farmers to find new ways, and new crops, that might help conserve. → More Arizona water news
Nearly a third of the Navajo Nation still lives without running water, but that doesn’t stop travelers from veering off the grid to find a place without a faucet, flushing toilet or shower to spend the night. → More tribal natural resoures stories