Report predicts major water shortfalls in Arizona by 2050

CHANDLER, AZ - This weekend's rain won't help Arizona’s severe drought.

A new report predicts water shortfalls by 2050 as the population grows in Arizona.

Currently, most of the state is in a severe drought, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Cities, like Phoenix, have been able to keep up with the public's demand but new research shows these conditions will likely continue for the next 10 years.

Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Michael Lacey says, “If we stay in a drought condition, we will get to the point of specific measures that people will be asked to make but we're not there yet,” said Lacey.

Lacey says Arizona stores water in both service reservoirs and large productive aquifers.

“We’ve got an 8.5 million acre feed of supply in storage,” Lacey said.

The Arizona Department of Water Resources advises several possible solutions to the drought problem. One of them is building a plant to remove salt from water. The report was commissioned by Gov. Jan Brewer.


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