Monsoon rains should start in Southern Arizona any day now, but the long-term water forecast for the state just got worse.
Snowfall and rain were good this winter in the upper Colorado River Basin, allowing water managers a sigh of relief. The good news didn’t last long, as the amount of water flowing into the Colorado River led the Federal Bureau of Reclamation to change its forecast for the amount of water in Lake Mead, drawing closer to an official shortage.
Such a shortage would mean less Colorado River water for the state, to the tune of about 11 percent.
Some are preparing in advance for the scarcity, and in urban areas, water conservation starts in the laundry room. Learn more about techniques used in urban and rural settings of Southern Arizona to save water and grow food.
On the program
- Tom Buschatzke, Arizona Department of Water Resources
- Fernando Molina, Tucson Water
- Kathleen Marron, rainwater harvester
- Joaquin Murrieta, Watershed Management Group