Water Conservation Message

Potential Colorado River Shortage Declaration: 

The Southwestern region of the United States is in the midst of a historic 13-year drought.  The drought has placed a tremendous strain on the City’s primary water supply, the Colorado River.  It is increasingly probable the Bureau of Reclamation will declare a shortage on the Colorado River as early as 2016, but more likely in 2017.  If a shortage is declared, Arizona will be required to reduce their delivery of Colorado River water by more than 300,000 acre-feet (one acre-foot is enough water for two households for an entire year).  The shortage will primarily impact the Central Arizona Project agricultural users in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties.  Because the Yuma area has senior rights to Colorado River water, the Yuma area will not be directly impacted by the shortage conditions. 

Water Conservation Is Everyone’s Responsibility: 

Due to climate change, it is expected the Southwestern United States will receive less rainfall and snowpack in the future, regardless of the current drought.  The results of less moisture will continue to challenge water providers throughout the region.  It is imperative we are all mindful of how we use water in order to combat these effects and the impact to our water supplies.  Water conservation is an important and effective tool we can use to stretch our water supplies.  The City’s water customers have dropped their water usage considerably over the course of the last 10 years, but there are always more ways to save.  Installing “low flow” plumbing fixtures such as toilets and shower heads is an excellent way to conserve water, and at a minimal cost.  The typical home however, in the Yuma area, uses approximately 60 to 70% of its water outside the home primarily on landscaping.  There are excellent ways to conserve water outside by installing desert landscape and drought tolerant plants and drip irrigation systems. For water conservation ideas and tips, contact the Utilities Department.  A water professional would be glad to provide conservation information, or to schedule free of charge, a field customer service representative to visit your home or business.  In doing so, useful information will assist you in your own conservation efforts.

Jay Simonton, Director of Utilities