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Phoenix assures its water users after grim water report

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Reclamation issued its annual report on the condition of the nation’s two largest reservoirs, Lake Powell and Lake Mead.

And although the news was grim, the city of Phoenix says water will continue to come out of the taps.

The Bureau announced new cutbacks, which for the most part will affect central Arizona farmers.

Phoenix officials said in a press release that they had hoped for bolder regional action by the agency, but that the city will soon complete a pipeline to move alternate water supplies.

The city gets much of its water from the Salt River and continues to recycle water.

It reminded residential users that their best bet to save water is through landscaping adjustments.

They can also fix leaks and choose water efficient appliances and fixtures when remodeling.

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Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.