The Urbanization of the Salt River Project

by Thomas G. Sands, Salt River Project, Phoenix, AZ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning, Operation, Rehabilitation and Automation of Irrigation Water Delivery Systems


The Salt River Project (SRP) is one of the nation's oldest and most successful agricultural reclamation projects. Formed in 1902, its initial function was to manage the surface water supplies of the Salt and Verde Rivers for agricultural users within the 250,000 acre SRP service area. This area has grown into what is now known as the Phoenix metropolitan area, the nation's ninth largest and fastest growing municipal area. This rapid urbanization has caused SRP to consider and implement many new operational and institutional changes in order to meet the needs of its new urban water users. SRP has found that communication and education among water suppliers, users, and regulatory agencies is critical. This paper discusses how SRP has dealt with the change.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Rivers and streams | Project management | Municipal water | Salts | Salt water | Water supply | Water resources | Phoenix | Arizona | United States

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