Colorado River shortage: Here’s what you need to know

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Colorado River Shortage

We anticipate the first-ever “Tier 1” shortage declaration on the Colorado River beginning in 2022. The shortage will result in a substantial cut to Arizona’s share of the river, with reductions falling largely to central Arizona agricultural users. Water supplies for cities will not be affected and tribal supplies remain secure.

Here’s what you should know:

  • Arizona is prepared for a Colorado River shortage.
  • Water interests from throughout the state worked collectively to share the risks and benefits of the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP).
  • Together, these efforts reduce the pain of the near-term reductions while addressing risks of future shortages.
  • We are taking steps and participating in partnerships to make the river more sustainable during drought and the reality of a hotter and drier future.

Learn more by downloading our Colorado River Shortage fact sheet and by visiting our new Colorado River Shortage web page where we’ll be posting updates.