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The Central Highlands Planning Area is composed of five groundwater basins oriented east-west in central Arizona. (Figure 5.0-2) This planning area contains areas of higher elevation compared to many other parts of the state and is characterized by narrow valleys separated by steep mountain ranges.  Elevation ranges from 1,500 feet to over 12,600 feet.  Parts of nine counties are located within the planning area including Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Maricopa, Navajo, Pinal, and Yavapai counties. There are four Indian reservations within the planning area; the Fort Apache (White Mountain Apache Tribe), San Carlos Apache, Tonto-Apache,and Yavapai-Apache Indian Reservations.

The 2000 Census planning area population was approximately 142,850.  Basin population ranged from about 7,500 in the Tonto Creek Basin to over 88,000 in the Verde River Basin. Payson is the largest metropolitan area with about 13,600 residents in 2000.  Other population centers include Camp Verde, Cottonwood/Verde Village/Clarkdale, Globe/Miami and Sedona. 

An average of about 83,200 acre-feet of water was used annually during the period 2001-2005 for agricultural, municipal and industrial uses (cultural water demand).  Of this total, approximately 63% was groundwater, 36% was surface water and 1% was effluent.  The agricultural sector had the largest with approximately 37,500 acre-feet of demand a year - 45% of the total demand. Demand from the municipal sector averaged about 27,400 acre-feet a year (AFA) and industrial demand averaged about 18,300 AFA.

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