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Just what is a water buffalo? In Arizona, they are those iconic figures who had the foresight to plan ahead to meet the water needs of a growing desert community. Without them, we might not have the Central Arizona Project and the state’s water situation might be bleak. 


The Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (CAGRD) is partnering with Liberty Utilities to build the state’s first ever public-private reclaimed water recharge facility. The CAGRD replenishes excess groundwater withdrawn by its members in the Phoenix, Pinal County and Tucson areas. This new recharge facility, located in Goodyear, will replenish the aquifer, mitigating the impacts of pumping, and providing CAGRD with a 100-year, renewable water supply to help meet our replenishment obligations. CAWCD is helping to fund the project in exchange for this water supply.

by Mohammed Mahmoud, Planning Analyst

Cloud seeding is the process by which silver iodide is released into the atmosphere using flares from ground-based generators (or aircrafts) to enhance the formation of cloud droplets. The resulting precipitation from winter cloud seeding increases the volume of the snowpack and the subsequent runoff from the snowmelt.

This is the second in a series of profiles regarding the professionals who are responsible for Central Arizona Project’s operations.


In a nutshell, what do you do for CAP? 

I supervise CAP’s Protective Services department. Protective Services is made up of law enforcement officers and support staff members who have the responsibility of protecting employees, assets and overall security of the canal infrastructure. The officers are all certified law enforcement officers, which gives our employees a great resource in times of emergency. They have full power of arrest like any other officer.

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