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Arizona drought facts

The Phoenix metropolitan area and Arizona as a whole continue to thrive despite a drought that has been ongoing since the mid-1990s.

By working together, SRP, Valley municipalities, Central Arizona Project and the Arizona Department of Water Resources have ensured that the region remains a leader in water resource management and drought preparedness . Keeping track of current drought conditions and making adjustments based upon this data is the primary goal of SRP and the organizations it partners with.

In addition, SRP continues to be at the forefront of water supply management and works tirelessly to ensure the health of the three watersheds that are vital to the long-term water supply.

Where are we at today?

Beyond the fact that Arizona is still in a drought, we know that there are questions about what is happening now. The frequently asked questions below are those we most often hear from our customers — and we work to provide more detailed information on DroughtFacts.com .


The U.S. Drought Monitor produces a weekly report that analyzes drought conditions in Arizona and across the United States. Additionally, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration produces long-term drought condition forecasts.

You can check levels for the lakes on the Salt and Verde river systems daily using our daily water reports .

SRP takes a multi-pronged approach to water management, meeting its shareholders’ water demands through a combination of surface water supplies, groundwater supplies and conservation programs. In addition, SRP partners with shareholders, including municipalities, on additional water management measures. Read more about SRP’s water management strategy.

SRP stores and delivers water to 10 municipalities in the Valley. The municipalities then treat and distribute the water to homes and businesses. SRP also provides groundwater and Central Arizona Project (CAP) water, when needed, to augment reservoir water deliveries.

Together, the municipalities and SRP partner in water recharge, water exchanges, and water conservation programs to ensure the Valley receives a reliable supply of water.

For details, visit the following municipal websites:

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Wise planning for the use of alternative supplies, such as Central Arizona Project water, groundwater and reclaimed water, has added to the water resource portfolio mix and given SRP options in dealing with the inevitable desert dry spells.

Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater that can be reused in place of groundwater or surface water for purposes such as turf irrigation (golf courses, parks) or as cooling water for power plants. Groundwater recharge, or water banking, involves the storage of excess or surplus surface water in the underground aquifers. SRP operates two water banking facilities in partnership with Valley cities.

From the bathroom to the backyard, our partners at Water – Use It Wisely have put together almost 200 ideas for saving water around the house. These tips can help you start conserving today by making small changes.

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