Strong winter of precipitation helps boost metro Phoenix reservoir levels

Feb 17, 2023, 1:00 PM

Roosevelt Lake (SRP Photo)...

Roosevelt Lake (SRP Photo)

(SRP Photo)

PHOENIX — Metro Phoenix reservoir levels have risen in recent months as a result of an above-average stretch of precipitation across the state.

Salt River Project’s six dams are 80% full as of Friday, up from 63% at the start of December.

Strong precipitation levels and runoff from the high country, notably Flagstaff, are fueling the increase, according to Mark O’Malley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

“We’ve got a sufficient amount of snow that will really recharge the local reservoirs with the runoff this spring,” O’Malley told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Flagstaff has received about 9 inches of precipitation since the start of December, nearly twice the expected total across that time.

Drought levels statewide have also drastically decreased due to high levels of rain and snow.

About 42% of the state isn’t facing short-term drought problems, up from 12% at the start of the year.

Most of the remaining areas facing drought conditions are in the rural parts of the state.

“The amount of drought in the state has dropped significantly,” O’Malley said.

The drought reversal started over the summer due to a strong monsoon season, according to O’Malley.

“A beneficial monsoon season really helped with the soil moisture and now the rain and snow in the winter has really just kept us over, so the short-term impacts have really relinquished across a good portion of the state,” O’Malley said.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

(Photo by John Smith/VIEWpress)...

SuElen Rivera

Arizona Gov. Hobbs vetoes bill that sought to ban photo radar on state roads

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a Republican bill last week that sought to ban the use of photo enforcement systems on Valley roads.

20 hours ago

A new Census report says Pinal County added 6,347 new housing units from 2021 to 2022, a 3.5% growt...

Jasmine Kabiri/Cronkite News

Room to boom: Pinal County housing grew at fastest rate in state

It’s unclear which came first in Pinal County, the houses or the people filling them. What is clear is that both continue growing at some of the fastest rates in the state and, in some instances, the nation.

20 hours ago


Brandon Gray

Glendale police looking for vehicle involved in fatal crash

Glendale police are looking for a vehicle involved in a crash that left one teen dead and three others injured Thursday at 53rd and Grand avenues. 

20 hours ago

File photo of construction on a home with downtown Phoenix, Arizona, in the background. Phoenix has...

Associated Press

Phoenix becomes largest US city to successfully challenge 2020 census numbers

Phoenix has become the largest U.S. city to successfully challenge its population count from the 2020 census.

20 hours ago

Arizona State Route 87 was closed northeast of metro Phoenix on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, because of a...

Brush fire closes portion of State Route 87 northeast of metro Phoenix

State Route 87 was closed northeast of metro Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon because of a brush fire, authorities said.

20 hours ago

Tazbah Spruhan of Window Rock, Arizona, reacts after misspelling "Groenendael" during a preliminary...

2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee starts with 3 Arizona students

Three Arizona middle school students, including one from the Valley, qualified to compete in this week's Scripps National Spelling Bee.

20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles



Here are the biggest tips to keep your AC bill low this summer

PHOENIX — In Arizona during the summer, having a working air conditioning unit is not just a pleasure, but a necessity. No one wants to walk from their sweltering car just to continue to be hot in their home. As the triple digits hit around the Valley and are here to stay, your AC bill […]



Thank you to Al McCoy for 51 years as voice of the Phoenix Suns

Sanderson Ford wants to share its thanks to Al McCoy for the impact he made in the Valley for more than a half-decade.

(Photo: OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center)...

OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center

Here’s what you need to know about OCD and where to find help

It's fair to say that most people know what obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders generally are, but there's a lot more information than meets the eye about a mental health diagnosis that affects about one in every 100 adults in the United States.

Strong winter of precipitation helps boost metro Phoenix reservoir levels