Groundwater Crisis in Southeast Arizona

Water's not a problem: President Trump says there's lots of water - it's called rain.

Yesterday in the Rose Garden, President Trump talked about a lot of things including dishwashers, and the abundance of water "in most places".

“We made it so dishwashers now have a lot more water and in many places -- in most places of the country, water's not a problem, they don't know what to do with it. It's called rain. They don't have a problem,"

President Trump, July 16, 2020

Here's a fact:  there is a problem, a crisis of groundwater availability in the Willcox basin in southeast Arizona.  View my thoughts and some possible solutions in a 90 second video.

In the video I propose, if elected, to reintroduce four bills that would:

  • Require large commercial wells throughout the state to have meters installed to monitor water use.

  • Allow rural areas that counties declare as threatened to opt in to metering wells in groundwater basins.

  • Expand existing rules to require developers of subdivisions to certify an adequate 100-year water supply to cover all areas of the state.

  • Change rules for creating INA (irrigation non-expansion areas) to make it easier to limit well drilling.

Bob Karp on the Groundwater Crisis in southeast Arizona

Posted in Ideas/Opinion, Issues.


  1. Smart stuff. Hopefully the voters are smart enough to protect their wells. I’m not so confident but you have my vote for metering alone.

  2. Pingback: Willcox Basin Water Crisis Needs Leadership - Now! | Bob Karp for Arizona State Senate LD14

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