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Tucson, Phoenix reach Lake Mead water sharing agreement

Posted at 5:49 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 20:49:50-05

Arizona's largest cities have reached a new water-sharing agreement.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that a substantial amount of Phoenix's Colorado River water supply will be stored in the Tucson area next year, while Tucson will leave a substantial portion of its supply in Lake Mead.
Tucson will leave nearly 20 percent of its share of Central Arizona Project water supply in Lake Mead. The cities hope the arrangement will support the declining lake and push back impending water shortages.
Phoenix will also store much more of its CAP supply than originally planned in an underground aquifer in the Tucson area. This will let Tucson put more CAP water into its recharge basins while allowing Phoenix to use the same amount of Tucson's CAP share in the event of a Colorado River shortage.