Phoenix to hold series of town halls to discuss shortage of water supply from Colorado River

Oct 17, 2022, 12:15 PM
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)...
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX — Phoenix is set to host a series of town halls over the next month to discuss the reduced allocation of water coming from the Colorado River.

Water experts will detail Phoenix’s plan to offset the shortages, including how the city prepared for less allocation, new infrastructure investments and other strategies.

The first town hall will occur Saturday at 11 a.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, located at 1221 N. Central Ave.

Those who attend will be able to ask questions about the supply and plan. Phoenix declared a Stage 1 water alert and activated its drought management plan on June 1.

A Stage 1 water alert is put into effect when a limited supply is likely due to less allocation.

The drought management plan doesn’t require residents to conserve water, but city officials have asked residents to do their part as it could help availability in the future as well as save money on their bills.

Arizona got about 36% of its total water supply from the river as recently as 2020. Phoenix gets about 40% of its water from the Colorado River, according to the city.

Here’s a full list of town halls:

  • Oct. 22: Burton Barr Library (1221 N. Central Ave.) – 11 a.m.
  • Oct. 27: Sunnyslope Community Center (802 E. Vogel Ave.) – 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 3: Longview Neighborhood Recreation Center (4040 N. 14th St.) – 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 9: Saguaro Library (2808 N. 46th St.) – Noon
  • Nov. 10: Goelet A.C. Beuf Community Center (3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road) – 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 12: Maryvale Community Center (4420 N. 51st Ave.) – 10 a.m.
  • Nov. 14: Paradise Valley Community Center (17402 N. 40th St.) – 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 15: Virtual meeting – 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 16: South Mountain Community Center (7050 S. 24th St.) – 6 p.m.

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Phoenix to hold series of town halls to discuss shortage of water supply from Colorado River