As an Arizona resident, you may not think much about your water usage, but it's important to recognize that it takes a sophisticated system and large amount of water to support life in the desert.
So, where does our water supply come from? Well that answer isn't so obvious, as it takes a combination of natural resources and man-made inventions to supply the state with enough water to stay cool and hydrated.
Phoenix receives about 8 inches of rain per year, but the surrounding mountains can get 200 inches of snow or more in the same time! When the snow melts, the water flows from small creek to small creek until reaching either the Salt River or Verde River. A system of lakes and dams have created a watershed, which is where the water is stored until we need it.
"The ability of the Salt and Verde river watersheds, the Colorado River and the Valley's aquifers to continue to meet the needs of Valley residents as the population grows will depend on wise use of the water we have."
These dams also generate clean and renewable energy, which is a significant portion of the state's need. It's easy to forget how important water is to us in the desert, since we don't see it very often, but now more than ever it is important to be mindful and perpetuate a conservational mindset.
"The ability of the Salt and Verde river watersheds, the Colorado River and the Valley's aquifers to continue to meet the needs of Valley residents as the population grows will depend on wise use of the water we have," according to SRP.
There are a number of ways you can help too! Check out some of our previous blogs for water saving tips, conservation information, and more.
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