Managing water in the desert

SRP has been a steward of the Valley’s water for more than 100 years.

Our mission is to provide a reliable supply of water for the beneficial use of our shareholders – landowners in our service territory and 10 Valley municipalities that treat water and deliver it to homes and businesses.

The system of dams and canals we manage allows us to store water during wet periods so that we have enough to meet demand during the dry periods common in the desert. SRP uses this surface water, combined with carefully managed groundwater supplies, to fulfill its mission.

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In addition, SRP continues to look for ways to strengthen its capabilities and develop the most effective stewardship strategies possible. These include:

  • Underground water storage. SRP, working with partnering cities, has developed two groundwater recharge facilities to ensure a reliable and adequate water supply for the Phoenix metropolitan region.
  • CAP interconnect. SRP’s interconnect facility with the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal system, makes Colorado River water a viable supplement to the Greater Phoenix area's water supply.
  • Technology. Improvements such as the lining of canals and implementation of a real-time automated delivery system have helped SRP improve water delivery efficiency, thereby saving water that would otherwise be drawn from local reservoirs, pumped from the ground or purchased from CAP. Improving the technology of water collection, storage and delivery will remain a priority.
  • Watershed collaboration and protection of water rights. Beyond precipitation and runoff, the legal aspects of water collection are equally important. SRP and its shareholders have some of the most extensive senior water rights on the Salt and Verde river watershed. SRP works to maintain the legal rights that protect metropolitan Phoenix's water supply.

    In addition, partnerships, such as our agreement with the Gila River Indian Community , provide our shareholders with additional protection from extended dry periods.

    Collaborative efforts on the watershed include active participation with rural water planning groups, regional water planning studies, water monitoring projects, and physical water supply opportunities (C.C. Cragin Reservoir).

    Maintaining and protecting the water rights of the Greater Phoenix area is multifaceted and will continue to be an integral part of our overall stewardship responsibility.
  • Conservation programs. In addition to partnering with Valley cities and other organizations, we offer programs such as our annual Water Conservation Expo and home conservation tips to help educate consumers about how to reduce water use at home.

What you can do

Because water stewardship is a team effort, each of us plays a significant role.

  • Take action. The most important action you can take to become a water steward is to become aware. Become aware of your water-usage practices. Become aware that how you use water does have an effect on the future of water in metropolitan Phoenix.
  • Use water wisely. Educate yourself about ways to save water. Visit to learn ways to incorporate water-saving measures into your daily routine. Become a WaterSense® partner, and buy water-saving products for your home.
  • Make a commitment. Setting water-saving goals is an effective way to support water stewardship.

Every drop you save is an investment in our water future, and even small steps can help. And by encouraging your friends, neighbors and business associates to share in your commitment with goals of their own, you can multiply that investment many times over.

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