By Patrick Dent, CAP Water Control Manager and Salinity Workgroup Chair 


The Colorado River is used by roughly 40 million people for domestic and industrial uses in the U.S. and is used to irrigate about 5.5 million acres of land. But did you know as the water makes its 1,400 mile journey, it picks up and dissolves salt into the water? This increase in salinity can create environmental and economic damages to those who use the water. 


For the second year running, CAP’s volunteer program was listed as one of the best by the Phoenix Business Journal. The Journal’s list ranks companies by their total annual number of Arizona volunteer hours, and CAP, with 475 employees, logged nearly 2,000 volunteer hours. CAP took the top 20, competing against companies like Intel with 11,000 employees, SRP with 5,200 employees, and Bank of America with 10,000. 

By Candace Hamana, Tribal Relations & Strategic Initiative Analyst


Since July, CAP’s Engineering and Tribal Affairs staff have been working with tribes and private residents ahead of a capital improvement project that would replace dated communication cables with a fiber optic conduit bank. The new fiber optic system is designed to enhance the efficiency of CAP’s water deliveries and the reliability of the system.


Most folks who’ve lived in Arizona have seen the Central Arizona Project canal and probably our storage reservoir, Lake Pleasant. But have you seen one of our 15 pumping plants? Or the massive Superstition Mountains Recharge Project? Many of these features are located in remote areas, but all are key to the reliability of our system.


The Colorado River basin avoided shortage again in 2017 due to the efforts of CAP and its partners to conserve water in Lake Mead. But we’re not out of the woods. Arizona is still experiencing a severe drought and the Colorado River is over allocated. It is imperative that all Colorado River users work together to protect the levels in Lake Mead.


Think Arizona doesn’t conserve water? Not true! The fact is that Metro Phoenix reuses or recharges nearly 100% of all wastewater. And you can help stretch existing supplies further. 

For more than a decade, CAP and SRP have collaborated on a joint public education campaign focused on the status of our water supplies and how people can conserve water. This year’s campaign runs through November.

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