Republic: Now is the time to address the key water issues

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Water Advocate: Arizona's water department is stretched to the breaking point. It's time for some major reinvestment.

by Kathleen Ferris, executive director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association

It is time for the business community, all water interests and anyone who cares about Arizona to add their voices to the chorus calling for increased state funding for the Department of Water Resources.

The reason is simple: the economy. Water is essential for every aspect of our economy — agriculture, copper mining, power generation, attracting industries with high paying jobs, and meeting the needs of homes, schools, hotels and hospitals. Without sustainable water supplies, our economic growth will come to a screeching halt.

The Department of Water Resources is the state agency charged with helping to ensure that catastrophe does not happen.

Kathleen Ferris is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy