Arizona's Water Strategy: Bring More In and Restrict Its Use

by Allen Morrison, Asst. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 4, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


Decades of pumping groundwater faster than the natural rate of replenishment have lowered Arizona's water table to record depths and caused land subsidence and fissures. The state's current consumption of water is nearly twice as great as its renewable supply of 2.8 million acre-feet. To correct this dangerous situation the state has taken a two-pronged approach: (1) It will pipe in more Colorado River water via a new aqueduct system known as the Central Arizona Project (CAP); and (2) it has become the first state in the union to restrict the pumping of groundwater. The article gives details of both the CAP and the state's Groundwater Management Act of 1980.

Subject Headings: Water management | Groundwater management | Pumps | Land subsidence | Water table | Cracking | Rivers and streams | Water pipelines | Arizona | United States | Colorado River

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