PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Phoenix is calling on customers to reduce their water usage as the city activated its drought management plan on Wednesday. The City of Phoenix declared a Phase 1 water alert at the afternoon city council meeting. The alert means authorities are urging people to reduce their water consumption, which will have minimal impact on their daily lives. The city says properly watering the landscape is one of the easiest and most effective ways to conserve water. Since water reductions are voluntary, the city will focus on customer outreach and education about drought conditions rather than enforcement.
There is less and less water in the Colorado River, and the federal government is working with the seven states that use the water to manage changing conditions. Record high levels at Lake Powell and Lake Mead are also troubling and expert predictions say it will only get worse. “The situation on the Colorado River is unprecedented and we take it very seriously,” Mayor Kate Gallego said in a statement. “Each of us is responsible for making simple changes to live more sustainably in the desert environment we call home. The City of Phoenix is committed to reducing water use in city operations and to provide the tools residents and businesses need to use this valuable resource effectively.
Officials say the Phoenicians shouldn’t worry because the city has an assured water supply for 100 years. Phoenix also recycles nearly all of its wastewater and uses it in agriculture, power generation, urban irrigation, aquifer recharge, and shoreline wetland maintenance.
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