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Governor Ducey signs historic legislation protecting Arizona water

Ducey Water Bill
Arizona Drought
Posted at 6:30 AM, Jul 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-06 18:36:38-04

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey signed historic legislation Wednesday morning to protect Arizona's water.

In a tweet, Ducey called the legislation "crucial" for Arizona's continued growth and prosperity.

The plan invests $1 billion over three years to fund projects that will bring additional water to the state.

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It will allow the state to buy and own new water sources, provide loans and grants to water providers to develop infrastructure needed to import water, and puts money into conservation, efficiency and reuses, and new technologies.

Climate change and a nearly 30-year drought forced the move, which comes as Arizona faces cutbacks in its Colorado River water supply and more loom. The Central Arizona Project canal system is already delivering less water from the river to metro Phoenix, Pinal County and Tucson, and federal officials are warning of even steeper cuts soon.

“These challenges made it necessary for us to act,” the Republican governor said at a signing ceremony in the historic Capitol rotunda. “So today we are taking action to do what the men and women of Arizona hired us to do — position our state for success today, tomorrow and for generations to come.”