Of all 50 states, Arizona is one that tends to attract lots of tourism. Many people love the mountain climbing, sightseeing, and other great activities the Grand Canyon State has to offer.
Vacationing in Arizona is also not uncommon. However, the state does have some very unique challenges that not everyone may be aware of.
For starters, the prices of homes are going up. This means fewer people who may want to live in Arizona are able to do so. Amid inflation, Arizona residents who are already settled may also struggle with some financial issues of their own.
Though new details from the New York Post now reveal that access to water is rapidly becoming a serious problem for the state.
A Bad Situation For Many Arizona Residents
Arizona residents living in Rio Grande Foothills were recently informed that due to drought issues, the city can’t supply them with water any longer.
Rio Grande Foothills is very close to Scottsdale. Though because Scottsdale is also being negatively affected by the Arizona drought, it shut down the use of the pipeline that gave Rio Grande Foothills access to water.
No water to shower… or flush toilets.
— CNN This Morning (@CNNThisMorning) January 17, 2023
In Scottsdale, various members of the community are also concerned about what their own future water supply may look like. Many have resorted to measures such as gathering water when it rains, not washing their dishes, and even steering clear of showering at home.
With the lack of abundant access to water, Scottsdale residents are also bracing themselves for the market value of their homes to decline. After all, few people are willing to purchase homes in an area where water is in short supply.
Urgency Picks Up
Concerned residents of Rio Grande Foothills have taken to Scottsdale City Hall, calling upon the community to reconsider its cutoff of water supply.
Arizona’s newly elected Gov. Katie Hobbs will also undoubtedly be turned to as people look for a solution to the ongoing drought.
During a speech detailing the State of the State, Hobbs did make mention of Arizona’s water crisis; though what solutions she actually brings to the table remain to be seen.
“This is a human issue. This is not something that can be dwindled down to, ‘Well, we need to preserve water for what might happen.’”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 17, 2023
If this water shortage drags on, spreads, or keeps getting worse, Arizona could see more people leaving for greener pastures.
Despite the nature and beauty of the Grand Canyon State, it suffers big time if swaths of residents are unable to shower, wash their dishes, or partake in other activities that require running water.
What do you think about the drought that is currently putting the squeeze on Arizona’s water supply? Do you believe the state’s new governor is going to be able to take on this issue and implement effective solutions? You can weigh in below using the comments area.