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Will We Have Enough Water?

Water conservation is common practice in this very dry state. If you’ve lived in Arizona for any amount of time, you know we have a declining water supply.

But what measures are we taking to ensure enough water for decades to come?

Carbon-Free Electricity

Arizona Public Service (APS) is committed to carbon-free electricity. Since they are amongst the only companies that received a double-A score for their climate and water stewardship, they have a goal by 2050 to be 100 percent clean and carbon-free.

Carbon-free energy is the energy that is produced by generating no carbon emissions; the thing our cars emit. Hydroelectric plants are one of the ways Arizona is using this type of energy. As the water flows into the dam, it flows through a narrow pipe then pushes against turn blades in a turbine to spin a generator and produce electricity. The Hoover Dam and the Glen Canyon Dam were constructed for such resources. Our water supply comes from these dams through our canals. Learn more about our canals HERE.

Battery Energy Storage

The APS utility has been adding battery energy storage to its solar plants and expanding its renewable energy. They have signed an agreement that purchased 200 megawatts of additional wind energy. This has helped reduce the amount of groundwater consumption by 22 percent from 2014 to 2019. This utility is also used at Palo Verde Generating Station, the largest generator of carbon-free electricity in the U.S.

Reforestation

The Salt River Project (SRP) has created the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, which replenishes the state’s water supply through a massive public-private reforestation. Reforestation helps with climate change. More trees mean less heat. They absorb the carbon dioxide that would otherwise be put back into the air. If the temperatures can stay consistent and lower, less energy would be used. This allows SRP to refrain from tapping into more water consumption that’s used for energy.

Plan in Advance

EPCOR is the proven leader in managing our water supply. They have secured up to 5.87 billion gallons of water supplies by signing an agreement with Maricopa Water District. This adds to the amount of surface and groundwater offered to Valley residents.  

Join the Cause

Be conscientious and use common sense when using water. Phoenix is now considered to be the hottest city, according to national climate data. With heat comes less water. But if you are practicing conservation, you are headed in the right direction.

We all have to share this desert and showing a little care can go a long way.

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Water Conservation: Preserving the Future of the Southwest

Water Conservation

Have you ever turned on the tap in your home and wondered, “Where does this water come from?”

That water takes a long journey from Lake Mead on the Colorado River to reach your home. It begins with rainfall or snow in the mountains, trickling down to streams, to Lake Powell and Lake Mead, and through hundreds of miles of canals. When it reaches the EPCOR system, it is filtered and tested before finishing its final miles to your home.

New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, California, and Nevada signed the Colorado River Compact in 1922. This paved the way for the construction of Hoover Dam that created Lake Mead and Glen Canyon Dam that created Lake Powell.

Today, the Colorado River Basin is facing a water supply crisis. It began with flawed projections that overestimated the actual river flow and underestimated the water demand that was to come. After decades of growing demand, relentless shortage, and climate change, both reservoirs are now more than half empty.

Water conservation measures are the way forward for all the states that rely on this water source. Officials are meeting to discuss those measures going into 2022.

Meanwhile, we all know that we live in a dry desert. Water conservation should be a way of life for us with or without the water drama along the Colorado River. We can all begin to do our part today to reduce the demand we place on this stressed system.

On average, every person uses 100 gallons of water per day at home. That means a family of 4 averages 146,000 gallons each year. What can you do to lower that number?

INSTALL WATER-SAVING AERATORS ON ALL FAUCETS

This gives the feeling of having the faucet turned on full blast while lowering the amount of water that comes out.

CHECK LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION FOR LEAKS REGULARLY

One drip per second adds up to 5 gallons a day.

EMBRACE A NATIVE DESERT LANDSCAPE

Say goodbye to the lawn and water-loving plants and say hello to low-water, low-maintenance landscaping.

RUN FULL LOADS IN THE WASH MACHINE AND DISHWASHER

This can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

KEEP YOUR SHOWER UNDER 5 MINUTES

This action alone can save 1,000 gallons per month for each person in your home!

For a comprehensive list of ideas for saving water, visit WaterUseItWisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve