By David Modeer, General Manager, Central Arizona Project


The growing conversation regarding climate change – or at least the changes in weather patterns around the globe and throughout the U.S. – has led to a changed understanding about the value of water to both individuals and businesses. When you add the drought experienced in the West to the significant floods in other parts of the country, you start to understand why this change is taking place.


Kindergarteners will receive books about water conservation, water hydrology students will earn college scholarships, Girl Scouts will attend “water camp” and school children will go on field trips to learn about how water is used in the desert – all thanks to CAP’s Community Investment program. Twice annually, Central Arizona Project awards grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. This reinforces CAP’s goal of supporting and promoting water and environmental education in its service area.

It wasn’t just another day at the office as nearly 110 kids accompanied their parents (or grandparents, aunts/uncles and even family friends) to work at Central Arizona Project on June 12. The day’s festivities went beyond the typical “shadow-your-parent” experience, exposing children to a variety of work situations and activities in a hands-on and interactive environment. The day’s activities included:

By Pamela Pickard, President, Board of Directors, Central Arizona Project


On June 17, the New York Times published a story under the headline "Arizona Cities Could Face Cutbacks in Water From Colorado River, Officials Say." The Times' story stated that deliveries of Central Arizona Project water to cities such as Phoenix and Tucson could be reduced as early as 2019 and that Arizona was just now considering the prospects of such a shortage. Neither statement is accurate. Here are the facts.

By Pamela Pickard, CAP Board President


If the current 15-year drought on the Colorado River continues for another decade, it will rival the "mega-droughts" that appear in tree-ring records. There are two ways that this could play out for Arizona and the Colorado River Basin.


When it comes to budgets, planning is key. Central Arizona Project just finalized its water rates for 2015-2020. The budget process helps CAP to manage water rates, keeping them as low as possible. CAP uses a two-year budget planning cycle. The biennial budget is completed on the odd years and water rates are figured on the even years. Since this is 2014, it’s a water rate year. In order to minimize surprises, each process provides for “mid-cycle” updates to course correct as necessary.

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