Cactus in the foreground with a windmill in the background.
Arizona's rural communities rely on groundwater, which experts say is a finite resource. But in most cases, it’s not regulated in any meaningful way, and the Legislature doesn't take up groundwater bills.
More stories about Arizona's water issues
Jul. 24, 2023
People sit and stand inside a fire station
The Rio Verde Foothills Standpipe District was created by an emergency state law to represent the unincorporated community’s water interests. Members said they planned to speak with utility Epcor to find a long-term water solution.
Jul. 21, 2023
A cup of water filled with ice.
Many restaurants provide free glasses of water upon request. But are they required to by law? That’s what one listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project.
More Q&AZ questions answered
Jul. 20, 2023
downtown tucson
More funding is on the way for cleaning up PFAS. That’s the group of human-made chemicals used in a wide range of products that’s now being found in drinking water. PFAS have been found in air, soil and water around the world.
Jul. 20, 2023
View of the Colorado River from the Historic Navajo Bridge
In the next episode in Luke Runyon of KUNC's podcast, Thirst Gap, he tackles how much water from the Colorado River agriculture uses.
Jul. 20, 2023
A sprinkler over green grass.
It took more than five years to negotiate the $24 million agreement, and the town is continuing to work to secure additional water supplies.
Jul. 19, 2023
sign for the town of Queen Creek
A number of western Arizona counties said corporate water transfers like this could set a dangerous precedent and fought the transfer. Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes wrote that she also has concerns about the practice.
Jul. 18, 2023
clean water
The teams have received $4 million to research the decentralization and automation of potable water reutilization.
Jul. 13, 2023
View of the Colorado River from the Historic Navajo Bridge
The seven Colorado River Basin states are trying to figure out how to use less water. And the decisions they make could have major impacts for people living in the West. Luke Runyon of KUNC in Colorado tells some of their stories.
Jul. 13, 2023
An Interior Department official who has played a major role in Southwest water negotiations is stepping down from her position early next week.
Jul. 12, 2023
Much of rural Arizona relies exclusively on groundwater, but the resource is for the most part unregulated. The governor’s panel on rural groundwater met recently to discuss the problem, which has led to falling water tables and a call for action.
Jul. 12, 2023
Scottsdale will ban natural grass in the front yards of new homes. It’s the city’s latest action following Colorado River supply shortages.
More Arizona business news
Jul. 12, 2023
washing hands with water
In June, the Phoenix City Council adopted water rate increases starting in October, when customers will see a 6.5% bump. There will be another 6.5% increase the next year, and a third — this time by 13% — in 2025.
Jul. 11, 2023
San Francisco Peaks
Officials from the Coconino National Forest and city of Flagstaff are collaborating on a project to fix a critical piece of water infrastructure.
Jul. 8, 2023
open washing machine
Glendale has had a landscape rebate program since the 1980s. The city just raised the amount of money water customers can have refunded if they switch from grass to desert landscape — and added new rebates for some washing machines and toilets that save water.
Jul. 7, 2023
Vice President Kamala Harris
As part of an effort to illustrate the Biden administration’s commitment to Native Americans, Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Gila River Indian Community on Thursday to meet with tribal leaders from around Arizona. It was the first visit to the Gila River community by a sitting U.S. president or vice president.
More coverage of tribal resources
Jul. 7, 2023
Monsoon storm lightning over downtown phoenix summer 2022
The Show spoke with Arizona State University professor and climatologist Randy Cerveny about what to expect for this year's monsoon season.
Jul. 6, 2023
a closeup of a white toilet
City officials in Tucson are promoting a program that teaches residents how to install water-saving systems in their homes in exchange for rebates from the city.
Jul. 5, 2023
water stream
The Show spoke with Tony Davis, an environmental reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, about how a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling could be a big win for two major projects in southern Arizona.
Jul. 5, 2023
ponderosa pine forests
The Show spoke with Brandon Strange, a research scientist at the University of Arizona, about how the exact location and proximity to monsoon activity of ponderosa pine trees could affect their survival.
Jul. 3, 2023


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