In the initial phase of the project, WIFA would provide a long-term commitment on behalf of the state to purchase 300,000 acre feet per year of treated water that could increase to up to 1 million acre feet annually in subsequent phases.
Arizona officials voted to advance a $5.5-billion project to build a water desalination plant, 200-mile pipeline and associated infrastructure as part of a plan to address drought-driven water uncertainty in the state. But growing controversy around the plan and the method of implementation threatens to derail the proposal.
IDE says the plant could supply up to 3 million households—more than the 2.6 million households currently in Arizona. The plant would initially supply less water per year, about 300,000 acre-ft, according to the company.
In Israel, for example, five massive desalination plants on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea produce nearly a half-million acre feet of fresh water per year, an amount the nation plans to double by 2030. Israel’s Sorek Desalination Plant, located a few miles south of Tel Aviv, produces 185,000 acre feet of fresh water per year, from a highly automated operation that occupies only about 25 acres. Approximately 80 percent of Israel’s municipal water comes from desalination, and this nation of 9 million people is now exporting surplus water to Jordan.
Arizona is doing a lot of things well. Our economy is growing and diversifying at one of the fastest rates in the nation.
We recovered jobs lost during the pandemic before almost any other state, and unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate in nearly 50 years.
Businesses and new residents are moving here in droves to take advantage of the pro-growth policies we’ve adopted to make Arizona one of the most competitive and attractive places in the country to invest, expand and create jobs.
Ducey unveiled the idea in his State of the State address earlier this year. He proposed a $1 billion project to draw treated water to Morelos Dam near Yuma, but the challenges to the idea remain difficult to solve.
Arizona’s water future is unclear, but ASU is working to change that. Existing programs and schools at the University focusing on research and development could be key in finding the best set of solutions to the state’s water crisis.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s announcement this week that he would work with the Legislature to provide $1 billion to “secure Arizona’s water future for the next 100 years” focused entirely on a new desalination plant in Mexico.
That’s how a Pima County, Ariz., official, Eric Wieduwilt, describes a new proposal for a $4.1 billion desalination project that would start with a plant to remove salt from seawater in the Sea of Cortez in Sonora.
Using a grant of $500,000, the team of researchers is developing a solar-powered desalination system that combines several types of technologies to recover water from these concentrated waste streams.
For Phoenix, it’s water is supplied through surface water sources. The northern end of the city gets water from the Central Arizona Project, which is supplied by the Colorado River and Lake Mead. The southern end gets its water from the Salt River Project.
Las Vegas gets 90% of its water from the Colorado River and Lake Mead and 10% from groundwater sources. The groundwater supplies up to 25% during the hot summer months when demand is high. In 1971 Las Vegas with a population of […]