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Water Resource Issues in the Upper Colorado River Planning Area - Issue Surveys

Water resource issues have been identified in the Upper Colorado River Planning Area by community watershed groups, through the distribution of surveys, and from other sources.  Planning and conservation efforts, watershed groups and studies and results from water provider surveys are discussed in this section.

Issue Surveys

The Department conducted a rural water resources survey in 2003 to compile information for the public and help identify the needs of growing communities. This survey was also intended to gather information on drought impacts for incorporation into the Arizona Drought Preparedness Plan, adopted in 2004.  Questionnaires were sent to almost 600 water providers, jurisdictions, counties and tribes.  The Department completed a report of the findings from the survey in 2004 (ADWR, 2004).

There were 18 water provider and jurisdiction respondents in the Upper Colorado River Planning Area, and 11 numerically ranked issues.  Respondents were asked to rank 18 issues. Insufficient future water supplies was the primary concern of most respondents as shown in Table 4.0-15.  Infrastructure issues, which include aging infrastructure and inadequate capital to pay for infrastructure improvements, were ranked among the top five issues by many respondents.

Table 4.0-15 Water resource issues ranked by survey respondents in the Upper Colorado River Planning Area

Table 4.0-15

The Department conducted a second, more concise survey of water providers in 2004.  This was done to supplement the information gathered in the previous year in support of developing the Arizona Water Atlas, and to reach a wider audience by directly contacting each water provider. Through this effort, 30 water providers in the Upper Colorado River Planning Area, with a total of approximately 69,000 service connections, were willing to participate and provide information on water supply, demand, infrastructure and to rank a list of seven issues.

Water providers were asked to rank issues from 0 to 3 with 0 = no concern, 1 = minor concern, 2 = moderate concern and 3 = major concern.  Of the 30 water providers that responded to this survey, 23 ranked issues.  Although responses to the 2003 questionnaire are not directly comparable to the 2004 survey due to differences in the form and wording of the surveys, responses indicate that concerns regarding inadequate supplies to meet future demands and infrastructure problems rank high among all respondents.

 

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