By Chuck Cullom, CAP Colorado River Program Manager

2/22/2017

Arizona is in its 17th year of drought, but could salty water be the answer to the state’s water woes?

I am part of the Desalination Committee of the Governor’s Water Augmentation Council and we are exploring the potential to use desalination technology to address water needs across the state. We recently met in Yuma, where we toured the Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Desalting Plant (YDP), discussed brackish groundwater in the area, and examined potential costs to develop those resources.  While most people think of desalination technology to treat seawater, it is also available to treat brackish groundwater. 

2/14/2017

Yesterday, the utility owners of the Navajo Generating Station made the decision not to continue operating the plant after 2019.  This decision does not come as a surprise to CAP, nor is it expected to impact the delivery of CAP water.

2/8/2017

Wheeling, firming and exchanges aren’t words Central Arizona Project (CAP) throws around lightly, but those three words are the basis of an historic agreement recently signed by Central Arizona Project and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The “CAP System Use Agreement” increases the reliability and flexibility of the state’s single largest renewable water supply by creating a legal framework to allow wheeling, firming and exchanges in the CAP system. 

2/1/2017

Liberty Utilities and Central Arizona Project (CAP) have built the state's first public-private reclaimed-water recharge facility, the Liberty Aquifer Replenishment Facility (LARF) in Goodyear, which commenced operation in early 2017. The ground-breaking partnership is a win-win; CAP gets an affordable 100-year water supply for the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (CAGRD) and Liberty Utilities gets a cost-effective way to manage their effluent in a sustainable manner that provides multiple benefits to their customers.

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