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washing hands with water
In June, the Phoenix City Council adopted water rate increases starting in October, when customers will see a 6.5% bump. There will be another 6.5% increase the next year, and a third — this time by 13% — in 2025.
Jul. 11, 2023
San Francisco Peaks
Officials from the Coconino National Forest and city of Flagstaff are collaborating on a project to fix a critical piece of water infrastructure.
Jul. 8, 2023
open washing machine
Glendale has had a landscape rebate program since the 1980s. The city just raised the amount of money water customers can have refunded if they switch from grass to desert landscape — and added new rebates for some washing machines and toilets that save water.
Jul. 7, 2023
Vice President Kamala Harris
As part of an effort to illustrate the Biden administration’s commitment to Native Americans, Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Gila River Indian Community on Thursday to meet with tribal leaders from around Arizona. It was the first visit to the Gila River community by a sitting U.S. president or vice president.
More coverage of tribal resources
Jul. 7, 2023
Monsoon storm lightning over downtown phoenix summer 2022
The Show spoke with Arizona State University professor and climatologist Randy Cerveny about what to expect for this year's monsoon season.
Jul. 6, 2023
a closeup of a white toilet
City officials in Tucson are promoting a program that teaches residents how to install water-saving systems in their homes in exchange for rebates from the city.
Jul. 5, 2023
water stream
The Show spoke with Tony Davis, an environmental reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, about how a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling could be a big win for two major projects in southern Arizona.
Jul. 5, 2023
ponderosa pine forests
The Show spoke with Brandon Strange, a research scientist at the University of Arizona, about how the exact location and proximity to monsoon activity of ponderosa pine trees could affect their survival.
Jul. 3, 2023
Gov. Katie Hobbs has appointed a council to study rural groundwater, which is largely unregulated in Arizona. The committee met Thursday to talk about its mission and outline what steps it will take moving forward.
Jun. 30, 2023
Water faucet
Water users in Phoenix will see higher bills starting in October after the City Council approved a plan to raise rates and encourage conservation.
Jun. 29, 2023
Alfonso Durazo
The idea of bringing water to Arizona from a desalination plant in neighboring Sonora has been around for years — as have critiques of such a scheme. But Sonora’s governor says neither state nor federal leaders are on-board with current proposals.
Jun. 29, 2023
Highway covered with snow in in Flagstaff
The Show spoke with Dan McEvoy, a climatologist at the Desert Research Institute and the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nevada, about the key takeaways from a report detailing how this winter's snow helped with drought conditions.
Jun. 28, 2023
water bill
For the sixth time in seven years, Phoenix leaders will vote on raising water and sewer rates — but this time is different because it includes conservation measures.
More Arizona water news
Jun. 27, 2023
Dry cracked earth
Water is a big issue across Arizona, but in some rural communities of northern Arizona, the impending lack of water that we worry about here in metro Phoenix is already happening. The Show spoke with Pine resident Chris Ray about the groundwater shortage happening in rural parts of Arizona.
Jun. 27, 2023
Lake Powell
An agreement that governs how the Colorado River’s largest reservoirs are managed will expire in 2026, and the Department of Interior recently announced it will issue a new Environmental Impact Statement that brings its policies up to date.
Jun. 26, 2023
aerial view of phoenix
Arizona has set new limits on some development due to projected groundwater shortfalls in the Phoenix area. But experts told the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Monday that the rule won’t threaten the economic viability of the region.
Jun. 26, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court building
The Supreme Court ruled last week that while the Navajo Nation has a right to access water flowing on the reservation, the U.S. government doesn’t have to secure that water.
Jun. 26, 2023
Navajo Nation president's office
The Show spoke more about the Navajo Nation's water case with Rita Maguire, an attorney who argued the case before the high court on behalf of the state of Arizona, Nevada and Colorado, as well as major water providers in several states.
Jun. 26, 2023
Water rushing out of break from the Transcanyon Waterline in 2014
The National Park Service is asking the public for input on proposed improvements to its water system at Grand Canyon National Park. The upgrades would address water supply needs at the North Rim and at canyon sites.
Jun. 23, 2023
For years, there’s been simmering anger over a Saudi Arabian dairy company using Arizona groundwater to grow alfalfa here and ship it back to the Middle East. As the state’s water crisis has deepened, that anger is now boiling over.
More Arizona water news
Jun. 22, 2023

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