TUCSON, Ariz. — A recent report from the Arizona Department of Water Resources, commissioned by Gov. Jan Brewer, predicts water shortfalls of up to 900,000 acre-feet a year by 2050 as the state's population grows, according to an article published by The Durango Herald.

 “I would like to see the Legislature start having conversations about desalination now so people can clearly see the costs,” said Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin.

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Tobin hopes lawmakers will approve a loan program offering $30 million for water infrastructure with an increase to $100 million over the next few years, the article reported, to help fund the long-term and expensive process of building a desalination plant to address the projected water shortages.

“It’s really a question of what the state’s destiny will be — whether we limit ourselves to the water resources we have available today, or whether we choose to develop water supplies to allow the state to continue to grow,” said Michael Lacey, Arizona Department of Water Resources director.

Gov. Jan Brewer is not supporting any specific solutions at this point, the article reported.

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