The Shape of Water

It is no surprise that with less than 8 inches of annual rainfall, Arizona is in a constant state of suspense over where and how it will receive its contracted allotment of water. According to our March speaker, Heather Macre of the Central Arizona Water conservation district, we are ten feet away from moving into emergency mode at Lake Mead. But she assures us that drought contingency plans and Arizona’s best-in-the-nation water conservation practices put us in relatively good stead, provided we continue to practice good water management in our homes, businesses and farms.

Facts you may not know:

  • It takes 2.5 million megawatt hours of power annually to pump water uphill through the Central Arizona Project system.

  • Water from the Colorado River supports our economy to the tune of $100 billion per year.

  • The 336-mile Central Arizona Project (CAP) aqueduct stretches from Lake Havasu to Tucson and delivers more than 500 billion gallons of water annually, serving 5 million people (80% of Arizonans).

  • When the water table in Lake Mead falls below 1,075 feet, Tier 1 shortage restrictions begin. It currently is at 1,085 feet.

Surprise fact: Did you know turning lights and appliances on and off increases water consumption?

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Bottom line—water, use it wisely

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