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Phoenix's Water Supply is in Great Shape

Phoenix has had an ample water supply for many years, but we encourage our users to conserve water every day.

  • Our city does not depend upon the rainfall for its water. For more than a century, the city developed multiple water sources resulting in a diversified water portfolio.
  • Our water conservation efforts include efficient use of reclaimed water for non-potable use, extensive groundwater management and aggressive leak detection. All of these efforts have helped extend our available water supplies.
  • The city conducts effective drought management planning that ensures reliable supplies.

Over the past 20 years, Phoenix's per person water usage has dropped 20 percent. Total water use in Phoenix averages what it was 10 years ago.

Phoenix has exceeded the sustainability requirements of the State of Arizona. The city reduced its groundwater usage to a minimum and is planning for a sustainable yield, as well as its assured 100-year supply, under conditions of long-term drought and global climate change — not just under normal conditions. And, Phoenix recycles 90 percent of its wastewater, using it in agriculture, energy production, urban irrigation of golf courses and cemeteries, aquifer recharge and riparian wetland maintenance.

Water conservation is promoted as a lifestyle in Phoenix and we encourage customers to think about water every time they use it.

Through these efforts and as we plan for the future, Phoenix water supplies continue to keep pace with demand.