Governor Hobbs’ Bipartisan Water Policy Council Delivers Critical Recommendations to Protect Arizona’s Water Security

Phoenix, AZ ~ Today, the Governor's Water Policy Council submitted a suite of recommendations to Governor Katie Hobbs to protect the state's water future and address challenges in urban and rural Arizona. The Council's submission includes proposals to close loopholes to protect consumers throughout Arizona and improve Arizona's Assured Water Supply Program to promote sustainable growth and responsible groundwater usage in urban areas. The Council has also proposed reforms to groundwater management in rural Arizona to safeguard rural communities and water users after decades of inaction.

Governor Hobbs expressed her satisfaction with the Council's work, saying "I brought together a bipartisan group of Arizonans including the business community, developers, farmers, tribal leaders, legislators, and more with the expectation they would develop common sense solutions to our most pressing water policy challenges. I am pleased that the Council has risen to the task, and in six short months of hard work, compromise, and dedication we have a set of recommendations designed to increase water security and ensure continued economic growth in urban and rural Arizona. Over the coming months, I'm confident that we will come together and continue in Arizona's long tradition of responsible water management that has allowed our state to thrive."

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Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Tom Buschatzke echoed Governor Hobbs' sentiments on behalf of the Council: "These recommendations are the product of a transparent public process that has incorporated input from stakeholders across the spectrum of Arizona's water community. Groundwater is one of Arizona's most precious resources, and these efforts from the Governor's Water Policy Council will continue to build upon our legacy of responsible water management."

The Governor's Water Policy Council is comprised of experts representing agriculture, water providers, tribes, executive agency cabinet officers, cities, business community members, industry representatives conservation organizations university experts legislators and more. Their full set of recommendations can be found at for further review.

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