Republic: Linking lifestyle decisions with water use

Thursday, November 5, 2015

In a commentary, special to The Republic, Jeff Gibbs contemplates the decisions of water costs to evaluate along with our own personal monetary costs. The City of Chandler has taken the lead in ensuring that the water requirements of proposed projects are adequately considered, Gibbs wrote.

In June, the city adopted a policy that essentially requires all high-volume water users to secure their own sources of water. These sources may well be outside the normal distribution channels and rate structure for the community. The objective is to ensure that any proposed high-volume requirements do not inordinately impact the ability of the remainder of the community to satisfy its own water requirements. Although Chandler may assist the applicant in securing a water source, the applicant is required to “buy any additional water (beyond a base allocation) on the open market.”

As reported in a June 20 Arizona Republic article on this subject, Chandler city officials indicated “there was a huge disconnect between land planning and water resources,” which this new policy attempts to address. Grady Gammage Jr. of Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute said that, “historically, land-use planning and water policy have not been united.”

For further information on this topic, Gibbs recommended "Watering the Sun Corridor" by the ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

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