Protecting Rural Groundwater

Although groundwater is the only source of water in many rural parts of Arizona, groundwater is unprotected, threatening the future of local economies and communities.

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Storymap: Understanding Arizona’s Groundwater 

Impacts of Unrestricted Pumping

We’re already seeing the impacts of unrestricted groundwater pumping in some rural areas.

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Homeowner wells going dry


Flows in rivers and streams declining or even disappearing


Less water for agriculture and communities


More landowner conflicts

Resources & Tools

The Water for Arizona Coalition provides resources to help local communities understand, discuss, and tackle groundwater management issues to build more resilient water supplies and protect their futures.

Latest News

Stay up to date with the latest blog posts, media mentions, and happenings from our coalition members.

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On sunbaked farmlands where alfalfa and corn grow alongside pistachio orchards and grapevines, pumps hum as wells draw water from underground and send it flowing to fields.

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AZ Central

Opinion: If Arizona wants to improve its new water reality, it must involve rural communities, tribes and the environment in scarcity considerations.


Business for Water Stewardship

Arizona State University’s Seidman Research Institute and Business For Water Stewardship released a report estimating the economic importance of groundwater for Arizona’s five Active Management Areas.