Drought Preparedness

Stage 1 Drought Watch

June 17, 2022
Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps has declared a Stage 1 Drought Watch of the city’s Drought Management Plan. During Stage 1, Glendale will target a 5% water-reduction goal at municipal properties. The city is also asking residents and businesses to voluntarily conserve water. There are no mandatory water restrictions for residents and businesses in Stage 1.

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Glendale is prepared for drought!

The Southwestern United States, including Arizona, has been in a drought for more than 22 years. This has greatly impacted the Colorado River system including Lake Mead and Lake Powell. The Colorado River represents approximately 36% of Arizona’s collective water supply. Considering Arizona’s priority system, the city of Glendale’s Colorado River supply will not be reduced in the immediate future. In other words, a water shortage on the Colorado River does not mean a water shortage at your tap.

Glendale has known for many years our Colorado River supplies could be cut and we have been preparing for this shortage for decades and will continue to do so. These preparations include:

  • Securing in a diverse and robust water portfolio that includes renewable surface water, groundwater, and reclaimed water supplies

  • Using reclaimed water to conserve potable water supplies

  • Decreased reliance on groundwater

  • Storing water underground for future use

  • Investing in infrastructure, including wells to pump groundwater when surface water supplies may be reduced
  • Supporting water conservation through ordinances and codes; developing conservation-based water rates; and offering an effective Water Conservation Program for people of all ages

While Glendale has a safe, secure, and reliable water supply now, we all need to continue to do our part to use water wisely. We know that water is precious in the desert and that every drop counts. Water conservation makes sense in the desert Southwest!

Colorado River Shortage Overview

The federal government declared a first-ever Tier 1 shortage on the Colorado River, reducing the amount of water that Arizona receives from the river. This shortage went into effect on January 1, 2022 and is the result of many factors, such as long-term drought conditions and over allocation of the river.  Glendale is prepared for the Tier 1 shortage and it will not impact our ability to meet the water needs of our customers.

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