What Valley cities are doing about drought

Some Valley cities are taking the primary steps of their drought administration plans, however to date not requiring any water cuts.

PHOENIX — Arizona’s drought exhibits no indicators of going away after 22 years.

Some Valley cities are now declaring water alerts and getting into into parts of their drought administration plans.

So far, none of these cities have instituted required water cuts or restrictions, however officers have mentioned they need individuals to voluntarily prohibit their water use earlier than such cuts grow to be necessary.

Here’s what cities are doing as a part of their drought administration plans.


The City of Tempe is within the “educational” part, asking individuals to voluntarily preserve water. 

Tempe officers are asking individuals to concentrate on how a lot water they use and the place they might reduce.

RELATED: Tempe launches first stage of water scarcity plan


Mesa is the one metropolis that is really pledged to chop its water use.

But the cuts don’t have an effect on faucet water and even residents of Mesa. Instead, the town has pledged to chop the quantity of water the town authorities and companies use by 5%. 

Mesa additionally needs individuals to voluntarily preserve water.

RELATED: Ongoing drought prompts Mesa to declare water scarcity


Phoenix declared a drought alert final week. The declaration additionally doesn’t include any required cuts or restrictions. 

Phoenix can also be asking individuals to preserve water on their very own in order that additional cuts do not occur. City officers are additionally warning that, whereas larger water prices are not in play now, they are on the drought administration plan in future phases.

“There is a possibility for a drought surcharge moving forward,” Max Wilson with the City of Phoenix mentioned, “but that’s not something we’re projecting immediately.”

RELATED: First stage of Drought Management Plan initiated in Phoenix


Scottsdale can also be asking its residents to preserve water, nevertheless it’s set an precise goal.

City officers need individuals to search out methods to make use of 5% much less water round the home. 

As with different cities, there is not any incentive or penalty for reaching that purpose…or not reaching it.

All different cities within the Valley haven’t declared any alerts or voluntary restrictions. 

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