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Old 08-09-2010, 09:37 PM
 
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I live here in Indiana and I am thinking about moving to the Phoenix area of AZ. However, I have watched TV programs and have had some people tell me that AZ deals with "serious" droughts.

Is this true? If so, how does it affect you?

Ryan
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:01 PM
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I'm not aware that Arizona suffers from droughts any worse than anywhere else the in the country. Do you have any specific references you can point to other than unnamed TV shows and hearsay?
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:20 PM
 
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I don't think we are any worse than the other states that have suffered a lack of rain fall in the last 20 years. I think it's just the way the world turns so to speak. It's all on it's own cycle.
The desert is use to a lack of annual rainfall, and burst of rain from monsoons and winter storms. The plants and wild life here are built for it. As for the people, if we start to die of thirst we will just move over to California. lol
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:38 PM
 
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Here's a link that will provide some info on the subject.

DROUGHT IN PERSPECTIVE

However in Az you DON'T want to waste water, avoid grass yards if possible, don't wash cars in the driveway use a car wash, simple logical things to conserve water. Arizona is a desert.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:07 PM
 
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Here's a link that will provide some info on the subject.

DROUGHT IN PERSPECTIVE

However in Az you DON'T want to waste water, avoid grass yards if possible, don't wash cars in the driveway use a car wash, simple logical things to conserve water. Arizona is a desert.
Thank you for posting that link. The first paragraph pretty much explains it:

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Most of the western United States has experienced moderate to severe drought conditions for the last ten years and evidence shows drought conditions could continue for as long as 20 to 30 years; this includes Arizona.
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In Arizona this current drought has now surpassed the worst drought in the last 110 years of recordkeeping. Beyond the written record, tree ring research reveals that 20 to 30 year droughts were not uncommon over the past 1,000 years in the major watersheds serving the city of Phoenix and surrounding municipalities.

During this current drought, Phoenix has been able to manage its available water supplies to meet the community's water demands. However, this record-setting drought is a warning. Given that we could experience another 10 or more years of drought, we all need to become more aware about the facts of drought and what the future possibilities and impacts from drought could be.
Keep in mind that this article was posted in December of last year. Since then, the drought has modified some thanks to some much needed moisture this past winter, and a fairly significant monsoon so far in northern AZ. However, the current drought has persisted for approximately 14 years, with only about three or four spikes in precipitation during that period. If I remember correctly, 2002 was the worst year for the drought. Moisture levels were at an all time record low, and many lakes & reservoirs were practically empty.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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It rained 3 inches here night before last and every day for a week before that it rained. I haven't had to run water to my grass this summer. I'm in Cochise County
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:04 AM
 
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...SNIPPED.... I haven't had to run water to my grass this summer. I'm in Cochise County
Just in the interest of curiousity, I thought people didn't grow grass in Arizona. What kind is it and does it take much water ? I have gotten rid of my grassy yard here in Florida but I have put in a lot of dought tolerant plants. Still not there yet.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:25 AM
 
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Just in the interest of curiousity, I thought people didn't grow grass in Arizona. What kind is it and does it take much water ? I have gotten rid of my grassy yard here in Florida but I have put in a lot of dought tolerant plants. Still not there yet.
although not unknown. If you feel that you REALLY need to have grass it would be better not to move to (the really dry parts of) Arizona.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:53 AM
 
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Just in the interest of curiousity, I thought people didn't grow grass in Arizona. What kind is it and does it take much water ? I have gotten rid of my grassy yard here in Florida but I have put in a lot of dought tolerant plants. Still not there yet.
Plenty of grass here, I have Zoysia so I don't have to cut often. There are certainly plenty of Golf Courses here polluting the environment. I was in Florida last month, you'd think the plants could live off the humidity

now back to the thread, sorry
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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We got our year's rain in a week this year. What drought? Besides not all of Arizona is desert. Actually almost half of the state is forested.
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