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Salt River Project Reservoirs Holding Up During Drought

Arizona experienced the second-driest runoff season on record in 2021, but Salt River Project reservoirs are still in good shape.

As the drought continues, reservoirs in the Colorado River basin have dropped, triggering a drought contingency plan.

But the Salt and Verde river reservoirs are about 67% full.

Recent studies suggest that because winter runoff occurs earlier in the Salt River basin, when temperatures are cooler, evaporation rates are lower.

Although users can count on full allocations of water this year, SRP still encourages water conservation.

Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.