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Old 03-25-2012, 06:06 PM
 
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I've heard this and I've heard that about water shortages here in Arizona. Can someone point me to which parts are OK and the parts where shortages may happen? Even links would be OK to clue me in.

I'm talking about rivers, lakes, aquafiers, rain and so on. I know Phoenix is OK for now since we have many sources of water but I'm wondering about Prescott, Benson, Bisbee, Globe, Bullhead, Parker, Kingman, Verde Valley and so on. Tucson has it's own problems so it doesn't interest me.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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We're never going to run out of water, it's more likely the water bills will get higher with every new golf course and swimming pool.

The highlands always get tons of snow every winter and the run off fills the reservoirs. Flagstaff gets 100" a year. The Colorado will go dry when it stops snowing in the Rockies.

Worst case scenario water will get shipped in like fuel for winter heating gets shipped into Wisconsin.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:59 PM
 
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agree with cacto, buy bottled water at walmart. no worries.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:00 AM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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We have property in J-Six Ranchettes (south side of I-10 at the J-Six/Mescal exit - which is about 10 minutes west of Benson) and based on studies I've heard about our water supply is plentiful and secure. Our water source is the Whetstone Mts just south of us and the aquifer runs north from there under us. Having said that, it's my understanding that just slightly east of us (ie in the San Padro Valley) there are water concerns (the low ridge that runs from the Whetstones north to the Rincons apparently separate 2 distinct aquifers. We are on the west side of that ridge and are fine, but east of that ridge (ie closer to Benson) the situation is a bit less "confortable" in regards to the aquifer - at least that's my understanding.

Green Valley has water quality issues because of the nearby presence of the copper mines. The presence of mines anywhere nearby should always raise - at the very least - YELLOW flags regarding water quality.

Ken
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:52 AM
 
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We have property in J-Six Ranchettes (south side of I-10 at the J-Six/Mescal exit - which is about 10 minutes west of Benson) and based on studies I've heard about our water supply is plentiful and secure. Our water source is the Whetstone Mts just south of us and the aquifer runs north from there under us. Having said that, it's my understanding that just slightly east of us (ie in the San Padro Valley) there are water concerns (the low ridge that runs from the Whetstones north to the Rincons apparently separate 2 distinct aquifers. We are on the west side of that ridge and are fine, but east of that ridge (ie closer to Benson) the situation is a bit less "confortable" in regards to the aquifer - at least that's my understanding.

Green Valley has water quality issues because of the nearby presence of the copper mines. The presence of mines anywhere nearby should always raise - at the very least - YELLOW flags regarding water quality.

Ken
Thanks. I forgot about the mine angle. The mines around Globe are starting back up again AND lots of water will be used. Scratch the Globe area then.

Benson sounds iffy too.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Eugenius
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We're never going to run out of water, it's more likely the water bills will get higher with every new golf course and swimming pool.
This is the problem, people think that there will just be an endless supply of water, that somebody, somewhere, will provide. At what point is the importation of water going to be so cost-prohibitive that a cheap house can't make up for it? $1,000/month water bills?

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Worst case scenario water will get shipped in like fuel for winter heating gets shipped into Wisconsin.
You shouldn't really count on that.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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You can not sell property in Arizona withot proving a 100 year water supply the last I knew.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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This is the problem, people think that there will just be an endless supply of water, that somebody, somewhere, will provide. At what point is the importation of water going to be so cost-prohibitive that a cheap house can't make up for it? $1,000/month water bills?



You shouldn't really count on that.
Yeah, I guess you're right. We'll have no water. The forests on the Rim and in the North will die and snow will never fall there again and life in AZ will be just like Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome, everyone fighting for water reserves, civilization collapsing.

Endless water supply? There will always be water in AZ. Will there be enough for everyone? No.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:05 PM
 
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The Agufir that runs under arizona city, had the best water quality in the state. What did they do? The sold it to California and gave us crappy city water. Figures.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:05 PM
 
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You can not sell property in Arizona withot proving a 100 year water supply the last I knew.
I think that only applies to areas in Phoenix, Tuscon, and Prescott.
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