Strong Valley monsoon season results in extensive runoff into SRP reservoirs

Sep 16, 2021, 4:15 AM
(SRP Photo)...
(SRP Photo)
(SRP Photo)

PHOENIX — A strong monsoon season in the Valley has helped replenish Salt River Project reservoirs that dealt with an abnormally dry winter season.

The monsoon season, which ends Sept. 30, has provided about 250,000 acre feet of inflow into the SRP-managed Salt and Verde river reservoirs.

The winter season, typically the main supplier for the system’s water supply, provided only 103,000 acre feet of water.

An acre foot of water is equal to about 325,000 gallons, enough to supply about three metro Phoenix homes for a year.

“We know we have great climate variability in the Southwest,” Charlie Ester, manager of SRP Watershed Management, said in a press release.

“The past two seasons demonstrate that by producing the second driest winter season ever followed by the second wettest summer season ever.”

Phoenix recorded 3.88 inches of rain during the monsoon season, which starts annually on June 15 and ends Sept. 30.

SRP provides water for about 2 million Valley residents and accounts for about half of the metro’s supply.

The water is stored in seven SRP lakes in the system and is delivered through a series of canals to metro Phoenix cities where it is treated and made available to customers.

The Salt and Verde watersheds, located on protected forest lands in northern and eastern Arizona, encapsulate 8.3 million acres.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)...
Associated Press

Sanders says he may support Sinema challenger in Arizona primary

Sen. Bernie Sanders suggested Tuesday that he'd support primary challengers against Democratic colleagues Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, further intensifying a political battle within the party.
7 hours ago
(File Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)...

Maricopa community colleges get $17.1M from cannabis tax in first year of legality

Taxes from the sale of recreational cannabis during the first year of legality in Arizona resulted in millions of dollars for local community colleges, officials said Tuesday.
7 hours ago
Hualapai tribal dancers. (File Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)...

2 Arizona tribes to receive $1.6M in latest round of US tribal housing grants

Two tribes in northern Arizona will receive $1.6 million in federal grants as part of COVID-19 relief efforts, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday.
7 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Phoenix Zoo)...

Phoenix Zoo to host extra night of ZooLights for adults on Thursday

Adults can go through the Phoenix Zoo's annual ZooLights holiday display one final time on Thursday before the experience is turned off until next winter. 
7 hours ago
(Petrified Forest National Park Photo)...

Skull of extinct crocodile-like reptile to be on display at Arizona museum

People will soon be able to get a look at the skull of a crocodile-like reptile that lived in Arizona millions of years ago.
7 hours ago
(City of Buckeye Photo)...

Yeehaw! Buckeye Days to celebrate city’s Old West beginnings

The West Valley city of Buckeye is throwing a party later this month to celebrate its history with a cattle drive parade, a rodeo and more, officials announced Tuesday.
7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Thyroid issues: Here are the warning signs and what to do

In a 100-person office in the United States, an estimated 12 co-workers, employees and loved ones, will likely develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. That’s because, according to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12% of the U.S. population will experience thyroid issues.
Canvas Annuity

Annuity basics: how to retire with a guaranteed paycheck for life

Does the thought of retirement fill you with stress or with happiness? Everyone wants to spend their retirement in a way that brings them the most joy, whether that’s traveling the world or spending extra time at home with grandkids.
Arizona State University

Gain insights on next year’s trends at 58th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon

Employment is recovering from the severe contraction induced by the pandemic, but it is still way below levels at the start of 2020. Can it fully recover in the coming year?
Strong Valley monsoon season results in extensive runoff into SRP reservoirs