Arizona: Governor Katie Hobbs Signs Bipartisan Water Legislation that Promotes Sound Water Management, Sustainable Growth

Phoenix, AZ ~ Phoenix, AZ - In a move to promote responsible and sustainable economic growth while safeguarding groundwater supplies, Governor Katie Hobbs announced the signing of a series of water bills today.

The first bill, SB 1081, creates an exemption area for agricultural water users and the City of Buckeye to collaborate on utilizing renewable and recycled water sources for future development. This will reduce the reliance on groundwater pumping and protect aquifers in the West Valley.

Another bill, SB 1181, focuses on groundwater replenishment in member lands and areas. It aims to provide a smooth transition for communities and water providers working towards achieving a 100-year Assured Water Supply Designation. This will not only protect ratepayers but also allow for continued investments in critical infrastructure and renewable water supplies.

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The third bill, SB 1242, establishes a water conservation grant fund with the purpose of promoting access to backup water supplies in the Harquahala groundwater basin. These supplies can be used to support the water portfolios in Arizona's metropolitan areas and offset groundwater pumping in Active Management Areas.

Governor Hobbs expressed her satisfaction with these bills, stating that they are the result of bipartisan efforts to implement smart and responsible policies that strengthen water management laws while encouraging growth. She also emphasized her commitment to rejecting any bills that threaten Arizona's strong water protection laws.

These three bills align with recommendations from the Governor's Water Policy Council, which focused on developing tools and pathways for communities to transition to alternative water sources and achieve a 100-year Assured Water Supply.

In addition to signing these bills, Governor Hobbs also vetoed several others that were pushed by corporate interests and could have jeopardized the security of Arizona's water supply for homeowners, businesses, and communities. The full letter outlining her vetoes can be found here.

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