As Climate Heats Up, State Confident in Water Conservation Efforts Featured

WASHINGTON – Some parts of Arizona could experience more than 100 days of temperatures above 100 degrees within 20 years, according to a climate change model from the Environmental Protection Agency. In a state like Arizona, with limited water resources and vulnerability to drought, extreme heat could put a strain on water resources. But water utilities and state agencies say they are confident that the state has been careful in its water use, and communities and water utilities have developed responses to changing climates for years. “Here in Arizona, we manage water very differently than other states,” said Michelle Moreno, spokeswoman at the Arizona Department of Water Resources. “There are mandatory conservation requirements for different types of users.”

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