This is part of a series of CAP blogs regarding the ways in which Arizona cities are dealing with drought and preparing for possible shortage on the Colorado River.

By Nicole Sherbert, public information officer, Scottsdale Water

When California announced a 25 percent mandatory reduction in urban water use earlier this year, our phones started to ring.


A report released this week by the Bureau of Reclamation confirms that the U.S. Department of Interior will not declare a shortage on the Colorado River in 2016. In addition, the Bureau expects that 2017 will also be a normal water-use year. While this is excellent news, there is still a small probability of a shortage in 2017.  Central Arizona Project (CAP) and its partners in Arizona, other Colorado River Basin states, the United States and Mexico will continue to cooperate on initiatives to stave off possible future water restrictions on the Colorado River system.  

By CAP Water Control Manager Brian Henning

On Friday, August 7, there was an accidental spill of sediment and metals from a shuttered Colorado gold mine into the Animas River, a tributary of the San Juan River in Farmington, NM, which is a tributary to the Colorado River.   CAP is not expecting impacts to its water supply due to this spill.  The heavy metals and any other contaminants will be reduced by dilution and absorption to sediments and settling in Lake Powell, if not in the upstream rivers as the plume travels toward Lake Powell. 


Central Arizona Project provides a wealth of water-wise resources for teachers preparing their classrooms and students who are heading back to school. These online education programs encourage youth to learn about the importance of water and how they can help preserve our most precious natural resource. This knowledge is even more valuable now, as Arizona deals with a 15-year drought and impending shortage on the Colorado River.

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