Drought triggers threat of water rations in Arizona

PHOENIX - Water experts predict the state could face severe enough water shortage in 2017, to prompt water rationing.

Assistant Director Water Planning Division Tom Buschatzke says by 2016, if Arizona’s drought continues at this rate, the state will see a dramatic drop in its water supply.

However, water rationing wouldn’t start until 2017.

Buschatzke says residents wouldn’t be affected; rather farmers would take the hit.

Farmers in Central Arizona would take the first cut, explained Buschatzke. Then as the drought continues, more would be made to farmers in other areas of the state.

Arizona gets lot of water from the Colorado River, the same place where California dips into.

Currently California is in its worst drought in recorded history.

Both residents and farmers are under mandatory water rations.

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