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Arizona's water conservation plan will significantly reduce Colorado River use

Arizona cities, tribes and other water users have agreed to conservation measures that will significantly reduce the state’s usage of Colorado River water over the next three years

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton says the new agreements, coupled with those announced earlier this year, will conserve nearly 1 million acre feet of water through 2026.

"As a result of the commitment to record volumes of conservation and recent hydrology, the chance of falling below critical elevations was reduced significantly at Lake Mead and Lake Powell through 2026," said Touton.

Gov. Katie Hobbs said the new agreements are critical parts of a commitment made by Arizona, California and Nevada to collectively conserve 3 million acre feet of water by 2026. That’s enough to provide water to about 9 million homes.

Wayne Schutsky is a broadcast field correspondent covering Arizona politics on KJZZ. He has over a decade of experience as a journalist reporting on local communities in Arizona and the state Capitol.